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The next two of my T S Eliot Prize reviews were posted on the Poetry Book Society’s Poetry Portal today.

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been reading Selima Hill’s Jutland and Sarah Howe’s Loop of Jade. Hill wrings disturbing truths from the human heart using Jutland’s restricted palette of language and bold, elemental imagery. Her world seethes with obsessive energy and her poetry sings with painful authenticity.

To see Sarah Howe’s Loop of Jade as concerned solely with the philosophy of language would be to miss the point. It is a satisfying, coherent collection that develops an urgent, timely political message and celebrates human ingenuity and bravery, as they weigh in against the might of the state.

Check out the reviews here >> Hill >> and here >>Howe>>

Buy Jutland from the Poetry Bookshop online

Buy Loop of Jade from Chatto & Windus