“Das Kapital” and “Goblin Valley, Utah” have been shortlisted in the Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition. “Das Kapital” was written in response to the sudden and untimely death of the poet and thinker, Thomas Connolly who I knew in West End in the 1990s.Tom was a regular on the Brisbane poetry scene reading at venues such as Café Bohemia, Chalice Poets, Metro Arts, the Brisbane Fringe Festival and the Brisbane Writers Fringe Festival. He relocated to Tasmania where he continued to influence people with his wisdom, poetry and knowledge. “Goblin Valley, Utah” tells the recent story of a troop of scout leaders who knocked over precariously balanced boulder formations in Goblin Valley, Utah, that were millions of years old, out of ‘safety concerns’. The winners and place-getters will be announced at the MPU Awards Night on Friday 25 November 2016 at Collected Works Bookshop, 1st floor, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne.