Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sean O'Brien win T.S. Eliot Prize

Forward Prize winner Sean O'Brien has done an unprecedented double by winning the prestigious 2007 T.S. Eliot Prize as well.

As Dalya Alberge reports in The Times:
Peter Porter, chairman of the judges, said: “Sean O’Brien is undoubtedly a major artist, a consistently good poet who sees us living in the middle of a kind of detritus left over from the 19th century . . . In The Drowned Book it’s almost as though he’s seeing into a kind of pool in which the past is there, held in a sort of suspension that’s still around in the 20th century. What’s exhilarating is the way he puts words together, his sentence structure.”

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