Annal: 1987 Whitbread Book Award for Poetry

Results of the Whitbread Book Award in the year 1987.

Book:The Haw Lantern

The Haw Lantern

Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney describes the haw lantern as “small light for small people” but there is more than tiny illumination emanating from one of Ireland’s premier poets. Heaney peppers this short collection of poems with crafty language and natural objects: “I heard the hatchet’s differentiated/Accurate cut, the crack, the sigh/And collapse of what luxuriated/Through the shocked tips and wreckage of it all.”

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