Of Mutability

The good news is that a poet has won the Costa Book of the Year prize two years in a row - for the best popular book of the year, beating out impressive novels and non-fiction.  The poet this year is Jo Shapcott - a brilliant and likeable figure who is widely admired in British poetry circles - for her first collection in a decade, Of Mutability, which, among other things, explores surviving breast cancer.  An important subject, a fine poet, and superb poems.  So, hats off to Shapcott.  The only question is - why wasn't such a loved and admired book on the ten-strong TS Eliot shortlist?  The answer, I suppose, is that the judging of poetry remains an art, not a science - so it is good that poetry prizes are as various as the poets they seek to support.  Are they as numerous as poets, too?  Almost.

Comments

Kiss My Art said…
Dear Todd

I must confess that I haven't yet got around to reading Jo Shapcott. I'll have to put that right soon.

Best wishes from Simon
Christian Ward said…
It's currently #21 on Amazon's bestselling books, a triumph for poetry in a publishing world dominated by Jamie Oliver, Stig Larsson and co.

Popular posts from this blog

My small press ethos

TEN TOP REASONS TO VOTE FOR TODD SWIFT FOR OXFORD PROFESSOR OF POETRY

Review of the new Simple Minds album - Walk Between Worlds