16 September 2011

Robert Adamson has won this year's Blake Prize for poetry

The 2011 Blake Poetry Prize for poetry ($5,000) has been awarded to
Robert Adamson for his poem Via Negativa, The Divine Dark


From the judges' report (Brook Emery, Bronwyn Lee and Judith  Beveridge)
 [Source: Blake Society's Facebook page]
"This is a powerful, visually striking, intelligent poem which explores complex ideas associated with negative theology in a humble but resonant way. The poem beautifully manages the movement between the immediacy of the present and difficult concepts such as time, suffering and the existence and nature of the soul; between the trivial ordinariness of the world and the large abstractions; between what can be knowable and precisely observed and what remains unknowable and concealed."

You can read the poem by downloading* the poem from the Blake Societys website. 
*Why don't they use the web medium for what it is intended for -- displaying text -- instead of using it to store PDFs that have to be downloaded then viewed. How arcane in this day of electronic publishing to bury the gold in a PDF.

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