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"This glorious anthology of works shortlisted for Britain's most prestigious poetry awards, the Forward Prizes...the writers (collected) give a sense of the mighty task that faced the judges." Metro "From new sorcerors (Hannah Lowe, Helen Mort) to master wizards (Anne Stevenson, Dannie Abse, Clive James), this latest gathering of poems shortlisted or commended for the Forward prizes spotlights the everyday magic of verse. A hard-won everyday transcendence looms large (as in Hugo Williams's "From the Dialysis Ward", or Simon Armitage's "Poundland"). Relish too its fine balance (to cite Rosie Shepperd's almost Betjeman-esque tale of motel passion) of "seedy" (or earthy) narrative against "moments of lyrical stillness" The Independent "The annual Forward anthologies, a collection of poems from the cream of contemporary poetry published in Britain and Ireland in the previous year (sixty plus poets in this volume) offer a really useful introduction to what is out there, especially if, like me, you look at the poetry section in a bookshop and wonder where to start. There is longevity to poetry, a constant revisiting and re-reading that will last a lifetime, making it such a good investment, but choosing a book of poetry is so utterly subjective. We may all need differing degrees of consolation, or teaching, or warning, or cheering, or uplifting, or empathy at any one time, and words have the power to achieve it all in great measure, but the buying decision can be a hard one to make on the hoof. This anthology offers the opportunity to explore many different voices, and I loved it from the minute I opened it and discovered Steve Ely's Incipit Euangelium Secundum Wat Tyler.. DoveGreyReader In my bookcase are ranged the Forward prize collections for the last five years. They look so neat, lined up together in their plain white jackets. I bought the Forwards automatically and compulsively each year since 2009 as a poet trying to improve, and eager to read the best. Sometimes the sense of some poems eluded me; sometimes their high quality rather overwhelmed me; but always they provided a guide to the state of modern British and Irish poetry. WriteOutLoud

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Poetry (October 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571304974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571304974
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,788,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Edward Ragg is a poet, critic, writer on wine and Associate Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He won the 2012 Cinnamon Press Poetry Award and his first collection, 'A Force That Takes' (2013), is published by Cinnamon Press.

Selections from his poetry have appeared in 'The 2014 Forward Book of Poetry' (Faber & Faber, 2013), 'Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam' (Eyewear Publishing/Cinnamon Press, 2012), 'Jericho & Other Stories & Poems' (Cinnamon Press, 2012), 'Visiting Wallace: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Wallace Stevens' (Iowa University Press, 2009) and 'New Poetries IV' (Carcanet Press, 2007).

He has also published poems in Aesthetica, Acumen, Agenda, BODY, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, Critical Quarterly, Envoi, Orbis, Other Poetry, Papercuts, PN Review, Poetry Quarterly, Seam, The New Writer, Three Line Poetry and other magazines.

An expert on the work of American poet - and wine tippler - Wallace Stevens, Ragg was co-editor, with Bart Eeckhout, of 'Wallace Stevens across the Atlantic' (Palgrave, 2008) and is author of 'Wallace Stevens and the Aesthetics of Abstraction' (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He is an editorial board member of 'The Wallace Stevens Journal' which he has also guest co-edited.

A former Captain of the Cambridge University Wine Tasting Team and former Fellow of the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, Ragg is co-founder, with his wife Fongyee Walker, of Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting ( Ragg's wine writing has appeared in Decanter Magazine, The World of Fine Wine, Harpers Wine & Spirit, The Drinks Business, Meininger's Wine Business International, Spirito diVino Asia and on wine sites, Catavino, Enobytes, Visit Vineyards and What Wine as well as within publications in mainland China. Edward is brother to Michael Ragg who runs Burgundy domaine and negociant-eleveur Mischief & Mayhem (with his wife Fiona).

Edward has taught at Cambridge and Tsinghua Universities and has created the first course in wine at Tsinghua as well as assisting in the foundation of the Tsinghua University Wine Association (est. 2012). His second volume of poetry, entitled 'Holding Unfailing', is due to appear in early 2017. He is currently working on a third collection of poetry.

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