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Alert & Alarmed

Future dystopia:
Outlook – myopia.

Blurring boundaries:
societal pressure.

Values shifting:
religious inertia.

Corporate collisions:
perfect pretence.

Intuitive indecision:
abject offence.

Deceiving appearance:
my smile a defence.

Outlook – myopia:
Future dystopia.

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First attempt to write on the theme The Future Imagined for the Poetry in Film Festival (PIFF), following my journal post

Submit your poem and see it brought to life on the big screen!

PIFF is open to filmmakers from around Australia.

The best submissions will be screened in November 2012 in Palace Cinemas.

This year’s theme is ‘The Future Imagined’ and the poem can be up to 15 lines.

Deadline: June 30th 2012.

Send your poem to poems@poetryinfilmfestival.com.au.

Rules and regulations at www.poetryinfilmfestival.com.au

Last year, poet Belinda Hilton was overwhelmed by the quality and diverse interpretation of her poem Four Letters, Four Words. “My experience as the featured poet for PIFF 2011 was priceless,” said Belinda. “Not only did the festival give me national and international exposure as a writer/poet it also enabled me to form great network contacts within the creative industry. The diversity in interpretation of my work was exciting. Seeing how your writing can inspire others is a rare opportunity for most writers and truly validates your practise. I come from a cross discipline background and believe that working with creative practitioners outside of your field can reinvigorate your work and the Poetry in Film Festival is testament to that.”


2011 winning poem: Four Letters, Three Words By Belinda Hilton

Like a secret;
I desperately want to tell you.
Whisper it in your ear,
pass you a note,
write it on your arm as you sleep.
I want to send you messages.
Reveal it in a look, a glance, a kiss.
Do you suspect me?
Play it down, fold it up.
Swallow.
Would you leave if you knew?
Or would you hold me,
like a secret?

I’ll defer to Anna Quindlen, of The New York Times: “People who are knowledgeable about poetry sometimes discuss it in that knowing, rather hateful way in which oenophiles talk about wine: robust, delicate, muscular. This has nothing to do with how most of us experience it, the heart coming around the corner and unexpectedly running into the mind. Of all the words that have stuck to the ribs of my soul, poetry has been the most filling.”

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  • Tuliptree
    Tuliptreeover 2 years ago

    Good work and I am sure it will fit the bill excellently. It is so interesting to write things to be read in unusual environments, isnt it. There is poetry on the London Underground sometimes and I often enjoyed reading it. Hope you win!

  • Thanks Tuliptree! I don’t really dare to hope that, but at least by entering I know I’ve got a chance! Thanks for such a lovely comment x

    – msdebbie

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 2 years ago

    I hope your wrong Debbie. Somehow I think not though. I wonder the same things as I go through my week!! Seems less feeling out there and more blindness to others. You pretty much encapsulated and boiled it down here. Well done

  • Thanks for such an insightful comment Donna. Being limited to so few words and lines, I was trying for a really condensed version of what I think the future holds. Unfortunately, it sure ain’t puppies and kittens!!!

    – msdebbie

  • IzzyGumbo
    IzzyGumboover 2 years ago

    outstanding!

    Deceiving appearance:
    my smile a defence.

    gotta love your gorgeous smile, quick mind and the sheer woman of you to handle a ‘Paul’ ;) in your life. lol. xoxoxo

  • Thanks Izzy!!! Ah,
    I have no problem man-handling My Paul
    - he is irresistible after all xxx
    Thanks for such a gorgeous comment – always love seeing your beautiful profile pic on my page xxx

    – msdebbie

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    Sybille Sterkover 2 years ago

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  • Thanks lovely Sybille and Team Panther xxx

    – msdebbie

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  • Thanks Tori. The supportive VAVoom team help me to try new things and make me feel so embraced as a writer xxx

    – msdebbie

  • linaji
    linajiover 2 years ago

    Ha!! so well done Ms Deb Congrats on your Vavoom Feature!

  • Thanks linaji! I will be trying to write a few more on this theme, even though the 15 line limit is killer for me, because I received feedback from the PIFF people that they’d love to read more of my poems so that’s encouraging!

    – msdebbie

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 2 years ago

    wow, seriously fabulous, no wonder they were interested in more! you are so clever and intelligent, not to mention extremely talented. I hope you win!!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

  • Aww thanks Shar, you are such a kind friend xxx

    – msdebbie

  • TheBrit
    TheBritover 2 years ago

    Excellent and very creative , good luck , hope you win!!

    …Brit…

  • Thanks Brit! I like to at least try my hand at free competitions! You never know, right?!

    – msdebbie

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    Anna Shawover 2 years ago

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