The T.S. Eliot Prize Shortlist 2017

This year's T.S. Eliot winner will be announced on Monday.

All My Mad Mothers

Jacqueline Saphra

From the publisher

Jacqueline Saphra’s All My Mad Mothers explores love, sex and family relationships in vivacious, lush poems that span the decades and generations.

Night Sky with Exit Wounds

Ocean Vuong

From the publisher:

A Guardian / Daily Telegraph Book of the YearWinner of the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection An extraordinary debut from a young Vietnamese American, Night ...

The Abandoned Settlements

James Sheard

From the publisher:

The poems in James Sheard’s remarkable third book are about love and leaving, of how the rift of departure brings on a kind of haunting – of the people involved and the ...


Michael Symmons Roberts

From the publisher:

In these poems we encounter a Victorian diorama, a bar where a merchant mariner has a story he must tell, a chimeric creature – Miss Molasses – emerging from the old ...

The Noise of a Fly

Douglas Dunn

From the publisher:

Penned with a dexterous wit and a steady nerve, The Noise of a Fly is a mesmeric imagining of our later years by one of this country’s most senior and celebrated writers. ...

The Radio

Leontia Flynn

From the publisher:

Moving on to explore the constructed nature of childhood, via a long poem imagining her mother’s experiences in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, and in an elegy for ...