Annal: 1995 Whitbread Book Award for Poetry

Results of the Whitbread Book Award in the year 1995.

Book:Gunpowder

Gunpowder

Bernard O'Donoghue

This is the sequel to the author’s first collection of poems, which was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize. Many of the poems in this collection reflect the author’s Irish background, including pen-portraits of his family and friends, and are by turns haunting and hilarious.

Book:The Dead Sea Poems

The Dead Sea Poems

Simon Armitage

A collection of poems in which questions of belief and trust, of identity and knowledge, mingle with more mundane considerations, such as the problems of owning a dog, and the vicissitudes of the job market. Simon Armitage was the 1993 “Sunday Times” Young Writer of the Year.

Book:Rest for the Wicked

Rest for the Wicked

Glyn Maxwell

Maxwell’s precocious, prolific talent has established him as one of the brightest stars in the recent resurgence of British poetry. This, his third collection is another Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Its focus is men. The poems sort the men from the boys: boys at play, men at war, boys grown up, men reverting, men in love and poetry and politics, running countries, ruining things. From the playground to the bedroom to the battlefield, by way of Heaven, Home, and Hell, Maxwell rummages for the remains of childhood in the remains of the civilized.

Book:The Shadow of Hiroshima and Other Film/Poems

The Shadow of Hiroshima and Other Film/Poems

Tony Harrison

Published to coincide with the screening of The Shadow of Hiroshima, a collection of ‘film/poems’ on Channel 4 on the 50th anniversary of Hiroshima. Introduced by the film’s director, Peter Symes.

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