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Paper boats Olga Dermott-Bond

At the Co-op, all
he valentine cards
have been squashed on
their cardboard stand between

the cans of cider and
the bleach; a few yards
from the till, bunnies
hold roses, cheap birds gleam.

Poetry on Loan and Birnnigham Libraries commissioned two West Midlands poets, Olga Dermott-Bond and Spoz (Giovanni Esposito), to write and video poems for Valentine's Day 2021.

You can see Olga and Spoz reading their poems here.

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Could you be the next Worcestershire Young Poet Laureate?

The search for Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate 2021 is now on!

Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate competition provides a fantastic opportunity for young people across the county to develop and showcase their creative talent. It is open to anyone aged 8-18 years who lives or studies in Worcestershire. Entrants need to submit two poems, one which must be based on this year’s theme ‘adventure’ and another about anything they choose.

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