I’m delighted that this poem, out of GAIA. Being. Alive, was Highly Commended by David Herd, Professor of Poetry at the University of Kent, for the Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Folio Collection 2023.

Highly Commended: The Buzzard and the Raven – Steve Walter

I very much like the way this poem is constructed through a series of discrete images. Each scene is meticulously presented and across the sequence as a whole we are given a sure sense of the force of nature in a human life. The phrasing is impressive at every turn and in each scene the poetic line is handled with confidence and precision. The overall effect is of images pressed in memory. This is skilful and affecting writing.

Join me for Poetry and Environment at Southborough Civic Centre Hub on Friday 2nd June from 12:30pm.

As listed on the Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival website where you can buy tickets for only £5.



The Buzzard and the Raven