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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Forward Prize Looks At Language

Great news.  This year's Forward Prize has gone to three very deserving poets who work in the lyric spaces between innovation and lucidity, and who are all emotive and fiercely intelligent about language; at times, philosophical.  Denise Riley's long poem is one of the great meditations on loss and language in the English canon; I was priviliged to be shown an early draft of it before publication, and she read it for the Oxfam series in Marylebone, as well.

Sam Riviere, who is studying at my alma mater, UEA, is one of the best young British poets, and his debut with Faber is top notch.  Meanwhile, Jorie Graham is one of the most original American thinkers in poetry at the moment, so well done to her, as well.  Eyewear will have reviews of these collections this autumn, if all goes well.
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