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Awards & Honours for Individual Poems

finalist for the 2013 Winston Collins/Descant Poetry Prize
(Judged by Mark Kingwell and Leanne Shapton)

“Exit Interview” and “Rule of Three”
long-listed for the Ireland-based 2013 Fish Poetry Prize

“Stop” and “High Diver”
tied each other to win the Scarborough Arts Council’s 2001 Poetry Competition
(judged by poet Robert Priest).

“Invitation”, “Reasons”, “Sandcastles, Waves” and “Paint”
Originally published in the author’s poetry chapbook
Guessing at Madeline,
Won 1997 Cranberry Tree Press Poetry Chapbook Competition
(judged by Di Brandt)

Don’t let the sparseness of Richard Scarsbrook’s writing fool you – the poems in Six Weeks are lush, layered, and rich with wit and imagination. Loving and desire are frequent subjects here, and Scarsbrook doesn’t shy away from vulnerability or – uncool as it might sound – romance. There’s a big imagination at work and play in these poems, a sharp intelligence, and a resonant ear.

— Jeanette Lynes

Author of Archive of the Undressed,
It’s Hard Being Queen, and The Factory Voice