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Dear B,

All of the apples have been pulled clean from my branches,
left to fester with wasps. Every part of me is losing crispness.
The rosy welts are cheeks getting shinier and shinier, sweat
appearing as sheen. I taste sharp because that’s the truth of fruit
without organic pupillage. If I’m squeezed, no facility
will take my juice. All biological content is incinerated.
I am not allowed in New Zealand. Customs officials
require an explanation of my appearance. There’s no trust
when it comes to apples because of Eve. My tissue is rotting.
I am getting soft – hold me gently. Remember, this is how
the ecosystem should be. Yes, today we lose everything.
Find a quiet place to live. Nurture my seeds, wait for me.

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Hannah is the first prize winner in the Poetry and Political Language Challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the Orwell Youth Prize. She is the second prize winner in the second Bloodaxe Archive challenge, about White Space, and is commended in the fourth Bloodaxe Archive challenge, Take Note. She is also the second prize winner in the 19-25 age category in the Turn Up the Volume challenge, and in the Keats challenge on Young Poets Network, part of The Poetry Society's celebrations of Keats's bicentenary in 2021.

Hannah is additionally a winner in the 2016 Young Poets Network August Challenge #2, as well as a commended poet in 2016 August Challenges #1 and #4 and in August Challenge #1: Conversation Poems in 2021. She is also commended in Young Poets Network's 10th anniversary challenge. She is a winner in the 2016 Behind the Curtain poetry challenge, in partnership with the V&A Museum, and the winner of the 2016 Even It Up Poetry Challenge in the 15-18 age category.
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Life Matures like a Well-Established Fruit Tree

Hannah Hodgson

Dear B,

All of the apples have been pulled clean from my branches,
left to fester with wasps. Every part of me is losing crispness.
The rosy welts are cheeks getting shinier and shinier, sweat
appearing as sheen. I taste sharp because that’s the truth of fruit
without organic pupillage. If I’m squeezed, no facility
will take my juice. All biological content is incinerated.
I am not allowed in New Zealand. Customs officials
require an explanation of my appearance. There’s no trust
when it comes to apples because of Eve. My tissue is rotting.
I am getting soft – hold me gently. Remember, this is how
the ecosystem should be. Yes, today we lose everything.
Find a quiet place to live. Nurture my seeds, wait for me.