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Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

2017 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Beat Highway by Emerson Hurley (First Prize)

untethered from everything
in a haze
of taxicabs and boxcars,
and the apparition of 5th Avenue
dissipated like
a recollection,
and I was left lonely by the highway
in infinite New Mexico;
I saw
the million eyes of night
burning in the supernatural glow
of the cityscapes,
lonely souls
moaning wordless lamentations to each other
like riverboats wandering
the Midnight Mississippi,
winding down to deathly dark;
I walked arm in arm
in the small hours,
always a child,
down tortured passageways
down sundrenched boulevards
with blinding sincerity,
spoken softly in the most
lucid hours of
the night;
I danced,
with feet of tin
tip-tapping on the cobblestones
in the sodium pool
of a streetlamp,
in the pounding basement
pierced by cold water
and cigarette smoke,
and the unearthly saxophone
wailing all man’s miseries
and solace;
I saw salvation
dashed apart
and risen
and dashed apart
and again,
ecstatic visions,
heard the 
eli eli lamma sabachtani
above the roofs of the tenements,
the roofs of the skyscrapers,
the roof of the world;
I was the vision of America,
the voice of America,
the conscience of America,
America’s agony
and reprieve,
American evil
and magic and dread
and brilliant hope of
America’s journey
down the highway
into night
and day
I screamed
lunatic revelations
to the desolate stars
and wept bitter tears of solitude
for all humanity;

Sparks by Jena Woodroffe (Second Place)

Marco and Me by Emerson Hurley (Third Place)

Sp( )ces by Emerson Hurley (Highly Commended)

Continuous Places by Emerson Hurley (Highly Commended)

The Spoken Unspoken by Heidi Leeman (Highly Commended)

Magnetic Aesthetic by Te Aroha Manuel (Highly Commended)

*No Title* by Hayden Bradford (Highly Commended)

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years