The shortlist has been announced and appear below, more details can also be found on the Poetry Society site here :>
T S Eliot Prize shortlist announced
Tara Bergin –
The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx (Carcanet) PBS Autumn Recommendation.
Caroline Bird –
In these Days of Prohibition (Carcanet).
Douglas Dunn –
The Noise of a Fly (Faber & Faber) PBS Autumn Recommendation.
Leontia Flynn –
The Radio (Cape Poetry).
Roddy Lumsden –
So Glad I’m Me (Bloodaxe).
Michael Symmons Roberts –
Mancunia (Cape Poetry) PBS Autumn Recommendation.
Robert Minhinnick –
Diary of the Last Man (Carcanet).
James Sheard –
The Abandoned Settlements (Cape Poetry) PBS Spring Choice.
Jacqueline Saphra –
All My Mad Mothers (Nine Arches Press).
Ocean Vuong –
Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Cape Poetry) PBS Summer Recommendation.
After four previous appearances on the shortlist for the TS Eliot prize for poetry, David Harsent has finally achieved the honours for his eleventh collection of poems. Helen Dunmore, who chaired the judging panel, said that his latest collection Fire Songs ‘ plumbs language and emotion with technical brilliance and prophetic power.’ She also described him as ‘a poet for dark and dangerous days.’
Judges Helen Dunmore (Chair), Sean Borodale and Fiona Sampson have chosen the short-list from 113 books submitted by publishers:
Fiona Benson – Bright Travellers (Jonathan Cape)
John Burnside – All One Breath (Jonathan Cape)
Louise Glück – Faithful and Virtuous Night (Carcanet)
David Harsent – Fire Songs (Faber)
Michael Longley – The Stairwell (Jonathan Cape)
Ruth Padel – Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth (Chatto & Windus)
Pascale Petit – Fauverie (Seren)
Kevin Powers – Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting (Sceptre)
Arundhathi Subramaniam – When God is a Traveller (Bloodaxe)
Hugo Williams – I Knew the Bride (Faber)
The Members’ Newsletter of the Poetry Book Society is publishing biographies and reviews for each short-listed poet together with three of their poems.
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