2015 Forward Poetry Winners

Announced Monday night, 28th September 2015:


Claudia Rankine       wins top award for best collection with:                                 Citizen: an American Lyric                     Penguin Books     £9.99

Mona Arshi      wins the prize for best first collection with      Small Hands    published by Pavilion Poetry (Liverpool Uni. Press)

Clare Harman won the prize for best single poem      ‘The Mighty Hudson’   from ‘Times Literary Supplement’

Value of the prizes are £10,000; £5,000 and £1,000 respectively.

2015 Shortlist
Best Collection:
Ciaran Carson: From Elsewhere                (Gallery Books)
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin:  The Boys of Bluehill          (Gallery Books)
Paul Muldoon: One Thousand Things Worth Knowing    (Faber & Faber)
Claudia Rankine:   Citizen: An American Lyric        (Penguin Books)
Peter Riley:  Due North                  (Shearsman)
Best First Collection
Mona Arshi:  Small Hands       (Pavilion Poetry, Liverpool University Press)
Sarah Howe:   Loop of Jade      (Chatto & Windus)
Andrew McMillan:      physical        (Cape Poetry)
Matthew Siegel:  Blood Work          (CB editions)
Karen McCarthy Woolf,:      An Aviary of Small Birds       (Carcanet)

Best Single Poem
Maura Dooley:  ‘Cleaning Jim Dine’s Heart’       (The Poetry Review)
Andrew Elliott:  ‘Doppelgänger’        (Sonofabook)
Ann Gray:   ‘My Blue Hen’                  (The Moth)
Claire Harman:  ‘The Mighty Hudson’     (”Times Literary Supplement”)
Kim Moore:  ‘In That Year’                  (Poetry News)

This year’s judges were:   

A.L.Kennedy (chair),  Emma Harding, Colette Bryce, Carrie Etter and Warsan Shire


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Here goes: I read poets and around poetry and any other book I take a fancy to. I seem to have a preference for seeing the changes from the Victorian period through to the 1930's, maybe 50's. But, and a big but, I also read anything right up to current poetry/performance poetry. Sometimes my ‘historic’ preference for 'imagist' and ‘Nature' unnerves me for too much too modern. However, I do like to range over poetry and fiction, any and all periods. I also like finding (if only for me) regional or partly forgotten poems and poets. Maybe all this is too eclectic to have a themed 'Blog' but so be it....... I also write fiction that might add up to a small mole-hill one day. Plus reviewing new or old books that are relevant to my enthusiasms of Crime Fiction, the Arts, Natural History and Special Education. This is on 'wordparc'. I try to record honestly what I think but if something is too bad (to my mind, others may love it!!) then I will not 'blog'. I buy or borrow to read and review. If there is a click-through it is meant to be useful though ‘wordery’ might give me a small % at no cost to you. There, what's that if not seemingly random!

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