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    [post_content] => You, my favourite soprano,
sizzling egg white,
caged bird with metal tongue,
the moon
reflecting the air of the room back to itself.

I turn you on in the morning
and you don’t stop,
spinning gold from the open window,
festooning my face with the curious fingers of unsure ghosts.
You are a crystal ball.
I can’t unpick all your voices
tempering Classic FM as I study.

When I’m done
you look at me like a mother
slowly wiping her hands on an apron,
stilling,
still.
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Ellora is the first-prize winner of the Carol Ann Duffy challenge on Young Poets Network, judged by Mari Hughes-Edwards, and celebrating Duffy's legacy as Poet Laureate. She is also the first-prize winner of Bailey Blackburn's 2018 August challenge #2 on found poems and the third Bloodaxe Archive challenge, The Re-Re-Re-Drafting Challenge. Ellora is also the second-prize winner in August challenge #4 on the poetics of interrogation, written and judged by Foyle Young Poet Kara Jackson in 2019. She is the third-prize winner of the Ode to (Small) Joy challenge and August Challenge #2: Fairy Tale Poetry.

Ellora is commended in the first, second and fourth Bloodaxe Archive challenges, The Poetics of the Archive, White Space and Take Note; the 2019 and 2020 poetry translation challenges with Modern Poetry in Translation; the Mary Wollstonecraft challenge, written and judged by Bee Rowlatt of the Mary on the Green campaign; the moon poetry challenge, judged by Nii Parkes; the Golden Shovel challenge, judged by Peter Kahn; the Bletchley Park challenge, judged by So Mayer; the W. S. Graham challenge judged by Rachael Boast as part of Graham’s centenary celebrations; and Ankita Saxena’s protest poetry challenge, remembering 100 years of the women’s vote in the UK.
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Ellora is the first-prize winner of the Carol Ann Duffy challenge on Young Poets Network, judged by Mari Hughes-Edwards, and celebrating Duffy's legacy as Poet Laureate. She is also the first-prize winner of Bailey Blackburn's 2018 August challenge #2 on found poems and the third Bloodaxe Archive challenge, The Re-Re-Re-Drafting Challenge. Ellora is also the second-prize winner in August challenge #4 on the poetics of interrogation, written and judged by Foyle Young Poet Kara Jackson in 2019. She is the third-prize winner of the Ode to (Small) Joy challenge and August Challenge #2: Fairy Tale Poetry.

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Ode to a Desk Fan

Ellora Sutton

You, my favourite soprano,
sizzling egg white,
caged bird with metal tongue,
the moon
reflecting the air of the room back to itself.

I turn you on in the morning
and you don’t stop,
spinning gold from the open window,
festooning my face with the curious fingers of unsure ghosts.
You are a crystal ball.
I can’t unpick all your voices
tempering Classic FM as I study.

When I’m done
you look at me like a mother
slowly wiping her hands on an apron,
stilling,
still.