The Forward Prizes for Poetry 2020 Winners

It is our very great pleasure to confirm Caroline Bird’s The Air Year as the winner of the Forward Prize for the best poetry collection.

Bird’s sixth collection of verse, The Air Year is a kaleidoscopic exploration of transience, desire, society and the all-consuming unrest of the early stages of love.
 

“These poems are trapeze ropes made with words, swinging us up and out into the unknown, from dazzle into darkness and back again.”

ALEXANDRA HARRIS, Chair of Judges

 

The winner of the Felix Dennis Prize for the best first collection is RENDANG by Will Harris.

Audacious and inventive in form, Harris’s dazzling debut is a love letter to the histories, places and events that make a self in the contemporary world.

 

“[RENDANG] teems with signs and symbols, echoes, allusions, jokes, colours, con-men, tricks, all netted and questioned in poems of acute intelligence and mobile grace.”

ALEXANDRA HARRIS, Chair of Judges

 

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Bringing together the most visionary lyrical voices of today, The Forward Book of Poetry is a much-awaited anthology that showcases work from the 2020 Forward Poetry Prize winners alongside other dynamic new verse.

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The Forward Prize for Best Collection 2020 Shortlist

The Air Year
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Postcolonial Love Poem
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I Want! I Want!
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FURY
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Tiger Girl
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The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection 2020 Shortlist

RENDANG
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Citadel
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My Darling from the Lions
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If All the World and Love Were Young
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Shrines of Upper Austria
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On Balance
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