poemof the moment
I catch a face suspended in the window's blur of breath. I recognise the coat; it always takes a moment more to recognise myself.
about the poem
'Follies' is taken from Penny Boxall's debut, Ship of the Line (Eyewear, 2014), which won the second Edwin Morgan Poetry Award last week. The judges were National Poet for Scotland Jackie Kay and former Edinburgh Makar Stewart Conn. With a prize of £20,000, the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award is one of the largest poetry prizes in the UK. The Award is administered by the Scottish Poetry Library.
Image: Daylight Express, Reflection by Orin Zebest, under a Creative Commons licence
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There is no better evidence of the rude health of Scottish poetry than last week's award ceremony for the second Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Six young poets, each different, each already delivering on early promise, read, suggesting pathways Scottish poetry will be exploring over the next decade or so. Penny Boxall emerged as a worthy victor, but the real winner will prove to be readers in the end.
Penny Boxall was born in 1987 and grew up in Aberdeenshire and Yorkshire. In 2014 she was commended in the Forward Prize. Her poetry has appeared in the Sunday Times, The Rialto and Mslexia. Her debut collection Ship of the Line was published by Eyewear. She is is the second winner of the biennial Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, which is awarded to Scottish poets aged 30 or under