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The Forward Book of Poetry 2011 [Paperback]

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7 Oct 2010

The Forward Book of Poetry 2011, published on National Poetry Day, collects together the best contemporary poetry of the year, chosen from all the submissions considered for this year's Forward Prizes for Poetry.

Described by the Daily Telegraph as 'a litmus test for what is being currently written in poetry in the British Isles', this highly-praised anthology includes poems by the most respected poets of their generation. Past anthologies include work by Carol Ann Duffy, Andrew Motion, Roger McGough, Sean O'Brien, Don Paterson, Paul Farley, Lavinia Greenlaw, Robin Robertson, John Burnside, John Kinsella and Alice Oswald.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (7 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057126087X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571260874
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Abegail Morley's first collection, How to Pour Madness into a Teacup was shortlisted for the Forward Prize Best First Collection (2010). Her second, Snow Child (2011) and an ekphrastic collection based on the life of the German painter George Grosz, Eva and George: Sketches in Pen and Brush are published by Pindrop Press. Her fourth collection is due from Eyewear Publishing in 2015.

She is co-founder of EKPHRASIS and blogs at The Poetry Shed: http://abegailmorley.wordpress.com/

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'...a wonderful feast of contemporary poetry and at an absurdly low price, too.' Daily Mail

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4.0 out of 5 stars English-language poetry in fine voice 15 Jun 2014
By Jeremy Bevan TOP 500 REVIEWER
As ever with the annual Forward book of poetry, the 2011 volume offers a lot of variety. I adored Sharon Olds’ beautiful celebration of the no-longer-young body’s sensuality (‘Song the breasts sing to the late-in-life boyfriend’) and Les Murray’s moment of profound connection with a stunned kingfisher (‘High-speed bird’). Both Alan Jenkins (‘Southern Rail (the four students)’) and Jo Shapcott (‘Bees’) make powerful use of sustained metaphor to evoke, respectively, a sense of the passage of life and the decay of a relationship. In their different ways, Michael Longley (‘The wren’), R.F.Langley (‘To a nightingale’) and Adam Wyeth (‘Pinter’s pause’) all testify to the way a fleeting glimpse or sound of a wild creature can seize the attention, transforming and somehow ‘fixing’ that moment indelibly. Wendy Cope’s ‘At Stafford services’ captures that same moment in that most anonymous of urban meeting places, the motorway service station; while for the priest in Bernard O’Donoghue’s ‘Vocation’, the haunting silence of the ‘unresponsive tabernacle’ in the church building contrasts singularly with the sense of connectedness he feels when out in the fields. Inevitably, a diverse collection like this will contain some poems that didn’t ‘hit the spot’ for a particular reader - for me, the poems from Geoffrey Hill’s latest collection, August Kleinzahler’s rather impenetrable ‘Exiles’, and Robin Robertson’s ‘Strindberg in Skovlyst’. But there’s still plenty here to enjoy, and the collection as whole suggests English-language poetry remains in fine voice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wide-ranging yet narrow. 9 Oct 2010
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As usual the Forward Prizes prove both the quality and breadth (from 'Famous Seamus' to the lesser known names nominated for Best First Collection) of contemporary poetry in the UK.

Note though that this year's anthology is much slimmer than the 2010 edition but retails for the same price. Perhaps it is unfair to review poetry in terms of page count (Amazon suggests they are the same but this would seem to be an error), but perhaps not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy 26 Jan 2011
I bought this for my stepfather and he loves it. Its really well put together and even came with a free bookmark! A great buy for anyone interested in poetry.
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