The only thing that unites our shortlist for February 2020’s shortlist for Pick of the Month is how fine these poems are. There are sweet memories (Attracta Fahy‘s Dinner in the Fields) and less warm experiences – ‘Some things never change’ from Maurice Devitt. Chris Fewings’ ‘Cure’ makes us smile while Sarah Passingham‘s ‘The Machinist’ makes us shiver. There is cynicism in ‘The Art of Collaboration’ from Kevin Higgins and (a qualified) acceptance in Hannah Hodgson‘s ‘Death Rattle’.

All six of the shortlist have been chosen by Helen or Kate or received the most attention on social media. They can be found below or by clicking on ‘Vote for your February 2020 Pick of the Month′ in the Categories list to your right on the screen.

Voting is now closed. February’s Pick will be announced on Wednesday 18th March.

The winner each month will be sent a £10 book giftcard or, if preferred, a donation of the same amount will be made to a chosen charity. In the event of the winner being from outside the UK mainland, we will make every effort to provide a reasonable alternative.