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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)

Sparks by Jena Woodroffe (Second Place)

Marco and Me by Emerson Hurley (Third Place)

We imagine ourselves solemn,
bearded, silken, eyes closed,
sunset filtering chromatic through our eyelids,
prismatic through amber wind chimes
tinkling, plashing 
in the pools 
and the gentle wind;
chimeric evening, 
suspended in time.
We imagine ourselves wandering,
pleasantly aimless in the cool light
along the moonstone paths
meandering like rivers;
we imagine rivers
winding luminous through the night.
The reflecting pool shows
but our rippling selves;
in the squares of the chessboard,
in fragmented shadows,
we discern
everything.
The traveller is one 
who stands in the Bazaar of Mirrors
and in the tumbling noise and colour
sees himself clearly in the glass;
the traveller hangs above the void 
and knows
the infinite unknown.
At journey’s beginning
I imagined he said
all possible cities 
hang spectral in the mind
like lanterns above the twilit streets;
and on return they are extinguished,
and only the real remains,
which is itself a deception.
So that,
he said,
and here opened his eyes
and drew a breath of smoke 
through the pipe
we may only truly say that
we exist
here,
in this sequestered peace,
apart from the world;
and the smoke rings drift up
into the eternal sky.

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