Two more poems almost succeeded, then stumbled at the final hurdle.

“Overgrown” made the longlist of the Virginia Warbey competition, but got no further.

“Skating Close” didn’t go forward in the Forward shortlist (120 poems were submitted). But look at the competition I faced: Paul Farley, Michael Longley, Robin Robertson, Elizabeth Speller, George Szirtes, C.K. Williams.

Meanwhile, though, “See Kim Run” went into the Chapter One shortlist, so I’ve some hope there. This competition is judged by on-line voting, now over – but not announced for another month.