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Poetry London contest winner Penn Kemp

Penn Kemp's poem As if you are leaping in air

Penn Kemp’s poem "As if you are leaping in air" won 2nd place in Poetry London's Annual Poetry Contest. 

Activist poet, performer and playwright Penn Kemp is Creative Age London’s Writer-in-Residence. She is London’s inaugural Poet Laureate for (2010-12) and a League of Canadian Poets Life Member.

Penn has curated a series of four free Creative Age reading/workshops to be held Saturday mornings in May at Landon Library. Registration begins April 16th!

Her many books/CDs are available at the London Public Library. Visit to learn more about Penn.

This poem celebrates two spectacular local heroes!

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.


Penn Kemp's poem As if you are leaping in air

As if you are leaping in the air

As if you are leaping in the air
with Virtue and Moir. As if you
are running perfect simulation.

Lift and fly. Figures are skating,
whirling to wild quads like Sufis
dancing in Dervish reverence.

Perfection swirls along an unseen
slip of water that allows for glide,
ice two inches thick. Blades glint.

Fantasy hovers, floats flawlessly,
describing meticulous arcs on ice,

in air. Geometry touched by magic,
projection spun on glass surface.

Le Petit Prince and his Rose crisscross
the ice to mirror our neurons
effortlessly after ruthless practice.

One haptic system rings in tune with
the other not by happenstance but
exquisite design, creating the perfect

illusion of romance. This pair knows
their true trick is always in landing home.

Penn Kemp