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Holly Hopkins, Manchester

3rd prize: Open Poetry
Poems on the Move & Poems on the Buses Exhibitions

When I found
some women with bellies

They were in the National Gallery
wearing dolphin smooth skin
and only the airiest net at their hips,
stomachs round but childless
snug with grapes and game.

Women with necks like glasses of milk
and impossible jelly-mould breasts
carry confidence in their bellies.
If you plugged them to a socket
their abdomens would shine like bulbs.