This month’s winning poet, Monika C. Zaper says, “I always think of myself as a visual artist and I boxed myself into that. But poetry found me.” We love the simplicity of Monika’s poem and how it says so much about the lives of three generation­s of her family in so few words. The repetition in the first line of each stanza reiterates the fact that although each generation’s circumstan­ces were vastly different, the artistic impulse was the same. “My father and his mother felt the need to acknowledg­e what was going on,” she says. “And when I read poetry that resonated with me, I realised it was also a suitable way for me to express life’s emotions.”

For details on how to enter the MiNDFOOD Poetry Competitio­n, go to page 97.

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