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Lockdown 2.022

Willowdown Books are proud to announce

the shortlisted poets for Lockdown 2.022 are:

Fran Abrams, Nikita Aggawal, Anne Maria Akin, Sharnta Bullard, Don Carroll

TP Cooper, Gerald Dampier, Deborah Dodge, Dion Farquhar, AJ Fernier

R David Fletcher, Peter Henrich, Gloria Nixon John. John Johnson, Tola Kinsee, Kodhijah Kodhijah, James Locket, Browning Mank, Trevor Maynard

Shalisa McAvoy, Brian McVie, Paul Portugas, Michelle Parker Randall, Danielle Selber, Joseph Sinclair. Brian Sluga, Mary K Smith, Noom Theirry, JJ Thompson

Hannah Walizer, Margaret Ann Waddicor, Cigeng Zhang, Lynne Zotalis

 

2019 – 2022 is a unique era in the history of civilization on our Earth that will not be forgotten, not only for the ravages of a global pandemic, but also because the planet became one world, joined in a battle with a virus that did not discriminate between country.

 

The care shown by human for human, the selfless acts, the shared grief, the emotional and intellectual intelligence, and the race to a vaccine - a solution - none of these things will leave our collective memory.  Neither will government incompetence, profiteering, wild disinformation, or plain stupidity - the best and worst of humanity - in essence the human condition.   

 

Into this, a wealth of creativity burst, to explore our experience, to share our lives, to document and remember those who died, and those who survived.  Poems from the Lockdown captured this in 2020, and in 2022, Poems from the Lockdown 2.022 will seek to capture the aftermath, how the pandemic has left us, as one community, feeling and enduring; we seek to release ourselves for being locked down.

 

Many thanks to all who shared their work, and best wishes for the future.

 

Final selection will take place in June, and the “Poems from the Lockdown 2.022” will be published in paperback in the Summer of 2022

 

1.  Press contact Trevor Maynard at poetry@trevormaynard.com

2. One prize of $250 will be awarded.  Details at  www.willowdownbooks.com

3. Trevor Maynard, UK based poet, writer and editor.  He is owner/manager of Poetry, Review and Discuss Group, a major poetry group on LinkedIn.  His latest poetry collection is PARADOX was released late 2021.   Trevor is also the author of several plays.  Further information at http://www.trevormaynard.com

 

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