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Exploring the Religious and Spiritual Through Poetry
The 2012 Blake Poetry Prize presented by the NSW Writers' Centre and the Blake Society is now open for entries.
Named for visionary artist and poet William Blake, the $5,000 Prize was established to give Australian poets new possibilities to explore religion and spirituality in the twenty-first century.
Robert Adamson, the winner of the 2011 Blake Poetry Prize for his poem Via Negativa, The Divine Dark said, "Of all the prizes for poetry the Blake is the one. Like its namesake, it stands for something more than its generous bounty. It vibrates with William Blake's unique vision."
"Blake's poetry has nourished many souls over the years, and this prize reminds us that we do indeed have souls to keep. It is an honour to win the Blake because it symbolises the toughness one needs to be able to create that lasting thing - the visionary company of love."
Renowned Australian poets Martin Langford, Peter Minter and Amelia Walker will judge this year's Prize.
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