Those birds are making pictures in the sky;
forming a fist; and then a manacle;
condemning a face to burst into a skull,
bits of it, and bone fragments, curving back
to reinforce the main round changing structure
of representation and illusion,
all of it loose of ground and on the move,
itself, fantasising itself, flying,
a whole of thinking particles; so much
better at coordination than are we
- Lawrence Upton
Deadline for entries is 1 December 2015
First Prize: $5,000 and Arthur Boyd’s etching and aquatint The unicorn and the angel, 1975 from the series The lady and the unicorn, 1975.
Shortlisted Poets: $500
The unicorn and the angel was produced by Arthur Boyd to illustrate the book of poems by Peter Porter, entitled the Lady and the Unicorn (Secker & Warburg, London, 1975). The print is generously donated by Ivan Durrant in honour of Georges Mora.
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The Porter Prize is one of Australia’s most lucrative and respected awards for poetry. It honours the life and work of the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010), an honoured contributor to ABR for many years.
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We gratefully acknowledge the long-standing support of Ms Morag Fraser AM. The print is donated by Mr Ivan Durrant in honour of Georges Mora.