Another Year, Another Failure – Poem by the Pesky Poet

It is becoming quite clear,
That poetry competitions are not inclusive,
Just look at the winners long list,
And you’ll see what I mean.
Year in Year it’s the same,
Mostly white, heteronormative men,
Win again and again.
 Not to mention disability,
Which is vastly under represented,
Dyslexia is shunned and discouraged,
By snobbery from poetry judges.
No this poem isn’t written to win,
It’s written to send a message,
To those who make the decisions.
As a gay dyslexic poet,
It doesn’t fill you with confidence,
When you see the long lists at competitions,
And there is no-one like you.
Going on five years,
It has been the same,
It’s enough to make some,
Leave this game.

©The Pesky Poet

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