Booklist

Forward Prizes 2021

Selected by the Bookshop


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The moving, expansive, and dazzling second collection from award-winning poet Kayo ChingonyiA Blood Condition tells a story of inheritance - the people, places, cultures and memories that form us. Kayo Chingonyi explores how distance and…

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An exquisite collection from a poet at the peak of her powers, Tishani Doshi's Forward-shortlisted A God at the Door spans time and space, drawing on the extraordinary minutiae of nature and humanity to elevate the marginalised. Extending…

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Luke Kennard recasts Shakespeare's 154 sonnets as a series of anarchic prose poems set in the same joyless house party.…

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Chosen as a Book of the Year by New Statesman, Financial Times, Guardian, Observer, Rough Trade and the BBCShortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First CollectionShortlisted for the Rathbones Folio PrizeLonglisted for the Jhalak…

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Comic Timing, Holly Pester's extraordinary debut collection of poems, chronicles the experience of living and working as a radical and resistant act. These poems shunt a reader between the political and personal via unique, fragmentary and…

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Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection'Impressive . . . tender, unflinching' Guardian'This is poetry in the grand tradition of annihiliation by desire. It's what the young are always learning, and the old, if they are…

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Shortlisted for the 2021 Forward Prize for Best CollectionMen Who Feed Pigeons brings together seven contrasting but complementary poem sequences by ‘this brilliant lyricist of human darkness’ (Fiona Sampson) relating to…

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Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collectionhistory is what we call / what might have happened differently / and didn'tIt is the decade of centuries, and Cheryl tells us our fortune. Radicals liberate a zoo, teenagers flirt in a…

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