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next to the vineyard tree pub extra
ordinaire free gravy on the side
with all chips and running down
the carvery yellow walls as brown
shadow coats rusted telephone poles
in something pretty home of the famous
hooke team their sweaty shins and boys
crying after hours behind the mccoll’s
dogs pissing up the side like a height chart
mark their land on the Leading Neighbour
hood Retailer of fizzedup stella-
green glass and exploding instant
barbecue sets

the boys chug lucozade spiked
with their fathers’ eyes wide whites
screaming go on, son! from the side
lines as a boy with flush fresh head
boyteacherpleasinggirlfondlingbuttkiss
ing cheeks thrusts a knee into son’s
groin twisting to the others’ cheers
he holds victory arms straight
out like the parked audi’s dang
ling crucifix wooden jesus grinning
after the game of his life.
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She is additionally the third-prize winner in the Thinking Outside the Penalty Box challenge; commended in Gboyega Odubanjo's People Need Nature challenge; commended in Ankita Saxena’s protest poetry challenge, remembering 100 years of the women’s vote in the UK; and commended in the tree poetry challenge.
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    [content] => A top 15 winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017 and commended in the 2018 Award, Natalie is also the first-prize winner in the Civilisation and Its Discontents challenge on Young Poets Network, inspired by Freud's work of the same name; and the first-prize winner in the first Bloodaxe Archive challenge, The Poetics of the Archive.

She is additionally the third-prize winner in the Thinking Outside the Penalty Box challenge; commended in Gboyega Odubanjo's People Need Nature challenge; commended in Ankita Saxena’s protest poetry challenge, remembering 100 years of the women’s vote in the UK; and commended in the tree poetry challenge.
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watching the match at the field on berkeley road

Natalie Perman

Contains strong language

next to the vineyard tree pub extra
ordinaire free gravy on the side
with all chips and running down
the carvery yellow walls as brown
shadow coats rusted telephone poles
in something pretty home of the famous
hooke team their sweaty shins and boys
crying after hours behind the mccoll’s
dogs pissing up the side like a height chart
mark their land on the Leading Neighbour
hood Retailer of fizzedup stella-
green glass and exploding instant
barbecue sets

the boys chug lucozade spiked
with their fathers’ eyes wide whites
screaming go on, son! from the side
lines as a boy with flush fresh head
boyteacherpleasinggirlfondlingbuttkiss
ing cheeks thrusts a knee into son’s
groin twisting to the others’ cheers
he holds victory arms straight
out like the parked audi’s dang
ling crucifix wooden jesus grinning
after the game of his life.