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Poetry London contest winner Jeremy Nathan Marks

Jeremy Nathan Mark's poem Newport

Jeremy Nathan Mark’s poem "Newport" received an honourable mention in Poetry London's Annual Poetry Contest. 

"Newport" is a poem inspired by the city of Newport, Rhode Island. When the author was a boy he used to visit the city with his father and grandfather, both Rhode Island natives. The city's 18th and 19th century architecture, its picturesque location and its history as a whaling and naval town inspire this piece.

Jeremy Nathan Marks is a writer and teacher living in London with his wife and young daughter. He moved to Canada some years ago to complete his doctoral degree in history. He is planning on self-publishing his first poetry collection within the year.

All of the winning poems are on display at London Public Library as part of National Poetry Month celebrations. Check out other blogs on National Poetry Month for 2014.

Jeremy Nathan Mark's poem Newport

NEWPORT
. . . that a lamp may be set to burn continually (Exodus 27:20)

A woman descending the stairs
passes beneath her transom window

Cut into cubes her figure disperses
like sand across the bay.

Salted shingles, wooden gables and
streets of stone: this city is a mandala
of whale bone and oil.

Today it was also a lagoon.

Afterthought:

The pilot light has gone out
and these matches at the hole

Are two widows.

Jeremy Nathan Marks