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Hill on Forward Best Collection shortlist
17.07.12 | Benedicte Page
The Oxford professor of poetry Geoffrey Hill has been shortlisted for the £10,000 Forward Prize for Best Collection for the second consecutive year.
In the 2012 Forward shortlists, announced today (17th July), Hill is included for his collection Odi Barbare (Clutag), alongside Beverley Brie Brahic (White Sheets, CB Editions), Jorie Graham (Place, Carcanet), Barry Hill (Naked Clay, Shearsman) and Selima Hill (People Who Like Meatballs, Bloodaxe).
Shearsman and Bloodaxe also feature on the shortlist for the £5,000 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection. Lucy Hamilton's Stalker (Shearsman) and Jacob Sam-La Rose's Breaking Silence (Bloodaxe) will vie with Loretta Collins Klobah's The Twelve-Foot Neon Woman (Peepal Tree), Rhian Edwards' Clueless Dogs (Seren) and Sam Riviere's 81 Austerities (Faber).
Meanwhile two poems first published in the London Review of Books, Denise Riley's "A Part Song" and Michael Longley's "Marigolds" are on the shortlist for the £1,000 Prize for Best Single Poem. Also shortlisted are Greta Stoddart's "Deep Sea Diver" (Magma), John Kinsella's Mea Culpa: Cleaning the Gutters (The Warwick Review) and Marilyn Hackers "Fugue on a line of Amr bin M'ad Yakrib" (The Wolf Magazine).
The prizes are being judged by Ian McMillan, Alice Oswald, Emma Hogan, Megan Walsh and chair Leonie Rushforth. Rushforth commented that the panel had been "especially delighted by the standard of this year's first collections".
The winners will be announced on 3rd October, the eve of National Poetry Day.