One of the highlights of Staple 72: The Music Issue has now been judged by Ruth Padel, Hugo Williams, Alex Clark, Dreadlockalien and Fiona Shaw – the panel behind the shortlists for the Forward Poetry Prizes 2011 - to be among the highlights of the year. Chris Jones’s ‘Sentences’ is a powerful short sequence drawing on his work in prisons, combining clear-eyed perspectives on the problems that bring men to the landings, and make it hard for them to completely escape, with an extraordinary formal elegance and control. If you’d like to read ’Sentences’ before the Forward anthology appears on National Poetry Day (October 6th) – then you can order a copy of issue 72 direct from the Staple online shop.
The full shortlist for the Forward Prize Best Single Poem award is as follows:
Julia Copus: An Easy Passage
Chris Jones: Sentences
Lydia Fulleylove: Night Drive
Ian Pindar: Mrs Beltinska in the Bath
Lee Sands: The Reach.
Kate Bingham: On Highgate Hill
About Chris Jones