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TEN KEY MOMENTS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE POETRY IN 2013

2013 was a very good year for poetry, and also, in some ways, a sad year.


EYEWEAR SAW EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED IN POETRY IN 2013 AND SAID IT WAS GOOD

Here are Eyewear's ten key events, publications, or poets, of the year, from an English-language - AND British blog - perspective.  I offer the headlines alone.  You can fill in the blanks.

1. GEOFFREY HILL PUBLISHES HIS COLLECTED POEMS.

2. SEAMUS HEANEY DIES.

3. HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN INVITES HUNDREDS OF POETS TO BUCKINGHAM PALACE.

4. POETRY MAGAZINE IN AMERICA GETS A NEW EDITOR DON SHARE.

5. CHARLES BERNSTEIN PUBLISHES RECALCULATING.

6. HELEN MORT SHORTLISTED FOR TS ELIOT PRIZE AND THE COSTA.

7. PATRICIA SMITH WINS THE LENORE MARSHALL POETRY PRIZE.

8. MATTHEW DICKMAN ARRIVES IN UK ON TWO LEADING MAGAZINE COVERS IN ONE MONTH.

9. DAVID SHOOK TRIES TO GET A POETRY DRONE OFF THE GROUND.

10. EMILY BERRY DEBUTS WITH FABER, WINS FORWARD.

note: other events that would have made a possible top 15 would include SALT STOPS PUBLISHING POETRY LIST; STARNINO COVER STORY IN CV2 IGNITES CONTROVERSY; DANIEL HOFFMAN DIES; STAG'S LEAP BY SHARON OLDS WINS TS ELIOT AND PULITZER PRIZE; MAURICE RIORDAN BECOMES EDITOR OF POETRY REVIEW.
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The runner-up is: Daniel Duffy - 'President Returns To New York For Brief First Visit'

Wheeler Light currently lives in Boulder, Colorado.



Life Jacket

summer camp shirtsI couldn’t fit in then
are half my size nowI wanted to wear
smaller and smallerarticles of clothing
I shrunk to the sizethat disappeared

of an afterthoughtin a sinking ship body
too buoyant to sinktoo waterlogged for land
I becamea dot of sand