As hype grows about who will win the 2010 T.S. Eliot Prize (announced on Mon 24th Jan), I’ve been casting my mind back to this time last year when Sinead Morrissey’s Through the Square Window was on the shortlist, Colette Bryce was on the judging panel, and I was submitting my PhD applications. The title poem from Morrissey’s collection is read below, and you can read it yourself on the Poetry Society website.
Of the books on the 2010 shortlist I’ve read this year, I liked Annie Freud’s The Mirabelles and Pascale Petit’s What the Water Gave Me best. In fact, I really liked Petit’s collection because I feel it brings something quite original to the genre through the affecting narrative and artistic anchoring.
There are no prizes for guessing who I was backing last year – although Philip Gross’s The Water Table was, I concede, a worthy winner.