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2020 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

2020 Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards

2020 Picture Ipswich Awards – Open Age

2020 Ipswich City Council Awards Open Age – Local Poets

2020 Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Awards Open Age – Other Poetry

2020 Ipswich Poetry Feast Awards Open Age – Bush Poetry

2020 Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Perspectives by Elizabeth Marsh (1st)

Our Mother's Struggle by Tessa Quinlan (2nd)

My Great Aunt's Piano by Annie Mellick (3rd)

Writing Poetry by Jhermayne Ubalde (Highly Commended)

When the Relatives Return by Penelope (Penny) Duran (Highly Commended)

The Christmas Paper Caper by Archer Bloomfield (Highly Commended)

How To Be Straight by Jhermayne Ubalde (Highly Commended)

shut up
back to the wall
repeat after me:
god please help me to be pure
take your shitty poetry and
hide it, under your
mattress, of course
keep the porcelain
polished, keep your
voice down. you can
cry when the door is
locked, but then again,
do people only lock
their doors when they
have something to hide?
(godplease help me to be pure)
now that the cornerstone is
dismantled you have
to put your head
under. you have to
let His hand guide
you to the surface. repeat after me:
abomination
(godpleasehelp me to be pure)
abomination
abomination
carve it into your
skin, although they
will do it anyway. carve
it on the back of your
porcelain. a pillar
of salt. fire and
brimstone. wade
in it. bathe in
it. drown in
it. carry your fuckin
cross like the
rest of them, maybe
you’ll be saved? repeat:
godpleasehelpme to be pure
let’s run that through
one more time. too
little feeling. too
much feeling. smile,
then laugh, then again, this
time with feeling. now
exit stage left. faster,
faster; stop looking at
her, pervert/one, two/and
away. godpleasehelpmeto be
pure
you’re
ready to shed those
useless wings. feel
your skin, your porcelain,
and hasn’t it always
been? don’t react;
don’t forget;
let the words crumble
in righteous palms;
revel in it;
drown in it;
watch them bleed into
the shower drain with
the spittle and salt;
scrape out your rib cage (put
your back into it; get
the edges all clean)
repeat (with feeling)
godpleasehelpmetobe pure
inhale
exhale
i n h a l e
godpleasehelpmetobepure
a reminder: the yard and shovel is ready
don’t forget to bury
everything you’ve just said

Bible Study by Jhermayne Ubalde (Highly Commended)

Rain by Amy Nancarrow (Highly Commended)

Reflection of a Schoolgirl by Penelope (Penny) Duran (Highly Commended)

Tsunami by Holly Atherton (Highly Commended)

2020 Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

2020 Broderick Family Awards 11-13 Years

2020 Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

2020 River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years