Posted: 9 February 2011
The Spring Choice is Night, the tenth collection from David Harsent, a powerful new book from a poet who is still ‘mining and exploring his preoccupations over time'. We have a strongly varied set of Recommendations this quarter too: from Jackie Kay's Fiere, marked by what the Selectors have called ‘the warmth and openness' of her collection, to Michael Longley's A Hundred Doors, which the poet says is all about ‘rhythmic renewal', and the Selectors praised as possessing ‘a seriousness and vigour nobody ought to take for granted'; from Julian Turner's third collection, Planet-Struck, presenting ‘a remarkably lucid and measured writer', to Heidi Williamson's debut collection, Electric Shadow, with poems which ‘display an incisive mind, a powerful imagination and an equally impressive purchase on language'.
The Special Commendation is the American poet Robert Haas's The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems, which the Selectors describe as ‘a revelation... At his best his poetry is dazzling'. The Translation Choice has been awarded from an unusually rich collection of translations this quarter to Plague Lands, from Fawzi Karim, an Iraqui poet living in London,. Finally, there‘s the Pamphlet Choice, Cloud Pilbroch by James McGonigal, ‘a collection that resonates long after the initial reading'.
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