The Poetry Book Society is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2011 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry.
Judges Gillian Clarke (Chair), Stephen Knight and Dennis O'Driscoll have chosen six collections from the 104 books submitted by publishers, which join the four PBS Choices to make up the ten collections on the shortlist:
John Burnside Black Cat Bone Jonathan Cape
Carol Ann Duffy The Bees Picador
Leontia Flynn Profit and Loss Jonathan Cape
David Harsent Night Faber
John Kinsella Armour Picador
Esther Morgan Grace Bloodaxe
Daljit Nagra Tippoo Sultan's Incredible Faber
Sean O'Brien November Picador
Bernard O'Donoghue Farmers Cross Faber
The Poetry Book Society regrets that Alice Oswald has withdrawn her collection Memorial from the shortlist.
Chair Gillian Clarke said:
‘This most demanding of all poetry prizes bears the name of a great twentieth century poet. A great book must win. The shortlist emerged with some pain but no dispute. Despite sorrow at losing other favourites, we're proud of these books, a library of the best, from which just one must be chosen.'
A glitteringly original new poem which is also a version of Homer's Iliad, from prize-winning poet Alice Oswald.
Drawing on various sources, this book examines varieties of love, faith, hope and illusion, to suggest an unusual possibility: that when the search for what we expected to find - in the...
'Wonderful... Duffy is a poet alert to every sound and shape of language. Whether writing sonnets, eclogues, elegies or love songs, she is attuned to the hum of nature, angered by what ...
Examines and dismantles a fugitive life. Using the idea of the haunted house or the house with a sealed-off room, and Gothic tropes of madness, doubles, revenants and religious brooding...
A work in which the sureties of daylight become uncertain: dark, unsettling narratives about what wakes in us when we escape our day-lit selves to visit a place where the dream-like and...
John Kinsella is the author of over twenty books, and is editor of the international literary journal Salt. He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University. In 2007 he receive...
'Poems of outstanding beauty and a decidedly celebratory wisdom that takes nothing for granted. This is poetry of the first order by a poet who really knows how to sing.' --- John Burns...
Takes cue from the eighteenth-century automaton (a tiger savaging a British soldier) in a series of poems that begin at the throat of the old British Empire. This title creates own inim...