Jude Nutter, who is British but has lived in the US since the late 80s, beat out more than a thousand other poetry entries to win the first prize honor and $1,500 with three of her poems.
She says the inspiration to write words of war came from her father, a WWII infantry officer currently living in Britain.
In fact, her win came from the fact that she wouldnt listen to her dear old dad. In Nutters words, He always told me he didnt want me to write about his experience.
Nutter says poetic lines like the young German the first man you ever killed shot on the concrete forecourt of a textile factory in Belgium. At close range. With a single bullet. were about exploring some of my feelings and thoughts about what he went through for my own gratification, or edification I should say.
Nutter says she finally shared one of her war poems with her father and thankfully, He was very moved.
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