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Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Easter at the Coast by David Gagen (First Prize)

We begin the day
Huddled along the shore
Waiting for the Resurrection.
Bodies bruised
We plunge through Perigean waves
Wet with suffering
From the ocean’s pull.
Air tight in veins
We drown for a moment
A bug in a jar,
A frog in formaldehyde,
Before the deepest breath,
And we rise to the surface
The sun in our eyes
Wild with wonder.
A mountain’s green
Hovers high over Maleny
Its shadow inches
Across the town,
People verandahed
In the hinterland
Of quiet years.
We will sleep tonight
Under Eumundi stars
And dream a storm,
We’ll touch the wound,
See the empty cave,
And then tomorrow
The traffic.

Where is Maggie Thatcher? by Gill Jewell (Second Prize)

When Gods Rules the Waves by David Gagen (Third Prize)

Behind a Perspex Screen by Leonie Parker (Highly Commended)

War on Terror by Brett Dionysius (Highly Commended)

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

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years