Good news for 10 poets with this recent announcement but still time for you to read their work before the winner is discovered on 11th January, 2016.
This year the chair of Judges is Pascale Petit, the other judges are Kei Miller and Ahren Warner.
The shortlist of 10 was chosen from a total of 142 books submitted. The Poetry Book Society pointed out that short listed poets included were of international stature and indeed of international origins such as Australia, Jamaica and the US. The 10 also contained two Scots, four previous winners and two first collections.
Mark Doty: Deep Lane (Cape Poetry)
Tracey Herd: Not in this World (Bloodaxe)
Selima Hill: Jutland (Bloodaxe)
Sarah Howe: Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus)
Tim Liardet: The World Before Snow (Carcanet)
Les Murray: Waiting for the Past (Carcanet)
Sean O’Brien: The Beautiful Librarians (Picador)
Don Pateson: 40 Sonnets (Faber)
Rebecca Perry: Beauty/Beauty (Bloodaxe)
Claudia Rankine: Citizen; An American Lyric (Penguin)
The winner will be announced on Monday 11th January 2016. The successful poet will receive a cheque for £20,000, donated by the TS Eliot Estate. Shortlisted poets will each receive £1500.
(T S Eliot Estate increased its support for 2015 to become the sole supporter of this prize.)
Loop of Jade and Beauty/Beauty are the ‘first collections’ and toward the other end of the scale; Deep Lane, is the ninth collection of the well respected American poet, Mark Doty, also a previous winner of this prize. Murray and O’Brien have also previously won the T S Eliot Prize and so too has Don Paterson (twice).
The chair, Pascale Petit was fulsome with praise of all submissions saying “This is a fantastic year for poetry…….many that didnt make it are books we love. But we were unanimous about our final list.” and of the short list…….”every book on the list is so ambitious- they’re reaching for the stars”.
‘The T S Eliot Prize Readings’. Will take place on Sunday 10th January, 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
Note, I include some covers to lighten the page, I am not offering any opinion by it.