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Winning poem suggests classic capital experience

Sep 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

A POEM evoking Wellington’s “café quarter”, Cuba St and its iconic Bucket Fountain, has won the Eat Your Words poetry competition.

Downpour, written by Briar Davies, is about a day-to-day interaction in a café, although it begins at the fountain.

“It…captures succinctly, with few words and no fuss, that beautiful moment that all Wellingtonians must know so well – you step out through the door of your favourite haunt, and in a heartbeat you’re thoroughly drenched,” says the competition judge, well-known New Zealand poet Hinemoana Baker.

“The thing I enjoyed most about this poem, however, was its delicate and exquisite focus on one or two tiny details”

Of the 363 entries in the Whitireia-organised competition, Ms Baker says she especially enjoyed the poems that took a few risks, pushing the language and the emotions of the piece in ways that nevertheless did not overpower the poem itself.

“Some of the best ones were poems where the café element was not totally incidental, but was only one aspect of why the poem worked.”

The winning poem got better and better with every read: “I admired the confidence and simplicity of it.”

Miss Davies says she chose her subject because wanted to write something “different” to what other competitors would be writing about.

She entered the competition when it first ran two years ago, and when she saw the fliers for this year’s competition she decided to enter again. She says she will enter again next time.

Prior to starting Whitireia’s creative writing course, she studied poetry at Victoria University.

She started writing poetry at the age of 16, although she says she has always been into writing, and enjoys saying a lot and playing with words.

Next on her agenda is learning another language, as she is going to France for seven months.

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