A €10,000 poem: read Nave, winner of the Moth Poetry Prize

Judge Claudia Rankine explains why she chose Australian poet Damen O’Brien

Damen O’Brien: “Sometimes you have to give up on your favourites, but sometimes it is worth ignoring the feedback and sticking with your gut. I am glad I did with this poem.”

Damen O’Brien: “Sometimes you have to give up on your favourites, but sometimes it is worth ignoring the feedback and sticking with your gut. I am glad I did with this poem.”

A poem that had been rejected by numerous journals and competitions has just won one of the world’s most valuable for a single unpublished poem.

The winner of The Moth Poetry Prize has been announced as part of the Poetry Day Ireland celebrations on Instagram, live from The Moth headquarters in Co. Cavan. The prize, which is solely sponsored by the publishers of The Moth, is now in its tenth year.

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