Dubito Ergo Iudicio – I doubt, therefore I judge

It’s strange, how the approach changes as you move through the stages of judging. The first read-through was all about being open and not especially critical. Looking for reasons to say ‘yes!’, and only dismissing things that really were pretty bad. Then you move into the critical phase (whittling down), where you start being über …

The Karenina Aspect – reflections on the first read-through

The first words of Tolstoy’s novel, Anna Karenina, are much quoted: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. The thing that has struck me most forcibly about the poems in the 2013 Takahe poetry competition is that this phrase (with an inversion and a few substitutions) could also serve …

A Suitable Occupation for a Wet Week – the 2013 Takahe poetry comp

After a couple of weeks where the weather has been glorious and my garden has gone berserk, winter has paid us a return visit. Rain, sleet, wind, murk, yuck. Lousy for gardening: good for writing. Better still for judging the 2013 Takahe poetry competition. The bundle arrived this morning. 311 poems, to be whittled down …