We're thrilled to share that Caroline Bird has been listed among the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for her most recent collection, In These Days of Prohibition (Carcanet). The prize seeks to recognise excellence in poetry, highlighting outstanding contributions made by poets to our cultural life. The £5,000 prize is donated by Carol Ann Duffy, funded from the annual honorarium the Poet Laureate traditionally receives from HM The Queen.
Of Caroline's work the judges said it was “powerful, disturbing – yet witty and very funny in places; redemptive.”
In These Days of Prohibition is Caroline Bird's fifth Carcanet collection. As always, she is a poet of dark hilarity and telling social comment. Shifting between poetic and vulgar registers, the surreal imagery of her early work is re-deployed to venture into the badlands of the human psyche. Her poems hold their subjects in an unflinching grip, addressing faces behind the veneer, asking what it is that keeps us alive. These days of prohibition are days of intoxication and inebriation, rehab in a desert and adultery for atheists, until finally Bird edges us out of danger, 'revving on a wish'.
The winner will be announced at the Ted Hughes Award & National Poetry Competition awards ceremony on 28th March 2018.