Friday, September 9, 2011


Good to see such a wide range of publishers on the shortlist for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2011 and my congratulations to the poets shortlisted.

Naturally, I would like to have seen Emporium on the shortlist, but I cling to T. S. Eliot’s observation (in ‘The Social Function of Poetry’) that ‘If a poet gets a large audience very quickly, that is a rather suspicious circumstance: for it leads us to fear that he is not really doing anything new.’

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