TS Eliot prize unveils ‘voices of the moment’ in 2021 shortlist

TS Eliot prize unveils ‘voices of the moment’ in 2021 shortlist

“Ten books that sound clear and compelling voices of the moment” make up this year’s shortlist for the TS Eliot prize for poetry. Announcing this year’s contenders for £25,000 prize, writer and chair of judges Glyn Maxwell said: “Poetry styles are as disparate as we’ve ever known them, and the wider world as threatened and bewildered as any of us can remember … these are the 10 voices we think should enter the stage and be heard in the spotlight, changing the story.” Maxwell and his fellow judges, the poets Caroline Bird and Zaffar Kunial, read 177 collections submitted by British and Irish publishers, a record number, before agreeing on the final 10. None of the shortlisted poets has won before, although two have been shortlisted: Michael Symmons Roberts and …
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