Desperate for Words

Poetry, prosetry, revelry, riotry

A prize for Rachel.

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rbdp2At a recent Desperate For love works outing to Jay Clifton’s excellent Tight Lip, we saw the muscular marxist SF writer China Mieville read from his new short story collection Looking For Jake. So yes, I thought he was great, I went straight up to him and told him that after he read, I’m gonna buy his book, but he’s not a poet so why am I telling you about him? Because it turns out that he’s chairing the judging panel for the new £50,000 Warwick Prize. And on the longlist for that prize is the great poet Rachel Blau Du Plessis for her new collection Torque:Drafts 58-76. Imagine how cool that would be, if she won. Maybe it’s something to do with Obama but it quite cheered me to see her name on there, even though everyone knows that literary prizes are inherently ridiculous. Go on China, you know what to do.


Written by alanhay68

December 1, 2008 at 10:39 pm

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