Season of Poetry Prizes
Daljit Nagra - 12 January 2011
The major prizes in British poetry are currently being awarded. The Forward Prizes were awarded a couple of months ago, the Costa winner was announced last week and the TS Eliot Prize will be awarded in a fortnight. I wonder what you think about prizes in poetry.
Do the same poets always win the big prizes? Should there be a broader inclusion of poetry writing styles in the shortlists?
Should poets be put in competition with each other?
Do prizes value a certain style which is promoted to the public and does this style reaffirm the usual preconceptions about contemporary poetry?
Prizes inform the public of the very best poetry around.
Prizes give momentary but much needed exposure to poetry by the winners being announced in the media.
Poets need to be financially rewarded for the originality of their vision.
I'm really interested to hear what you think.
Perhaps we could focus on recent winners, such as Jo Shapcott for her collection Of Mutability, which won the Costa Prize last week, and Seamus Heaney's Human Chain which won the Forward Prize for Best Collection in October.
Or general comments about prizes, or past winners, or comments about any aspect of prize giving in poetry would be interesting to hear.