In 1962, the year the Pope excommunicated Fidel Castro
and the USA and USSR went toe-to-toe,
I won the Felicia Hemans’ prize for lyric poetry,
open to students and alumni of the University of Liverpool.
Mrs Hemans, born in Liverpool, but living
most of her life in North Wales, a best selling poet,
a child prodigy, a prolific adult, whose work
was admired by Wordsworth and Landor,