October 7th the Forward Poetry Prize winners were announced. It’s a poetry competition held in the UK. The categories include Best Collection, Best First Collection and Best Single Poem. The Best Single Poem went to Julia Copus for her poem “An Easy Passage”.
…What can she know
of the way the world admits us less and less
the more we grow? For now both girls seem
lit, as if from within, their hair and the gold stud
earrings in the first one’s ears; for now the long, grey
eye of the street, and far away from the mother
who does not trust her daughter with a key,
the workers about their business in the drab
electroplating factory over the road…
It’s a beautiful poem. You can find it in full here, courtesy of The Guardian.