Title: 100 Prized Poems
Author: William Sieghart
Page Count/Review Word Count: 210
This is another of the poetry books that I won in a National Poetry Day competition, and like the other ones this didn’t disappoint. Edited by William Sieghart, this pulls together twenty five years of the best poems from the Forward books of poetry – books that collect the best poems of each year and award the best with the prestigious Forward Prizes.
Because of that, the poets here are at the top of their game. We’re talking everyone from Carol Ann Duffy to Ted Hughes and Kate Tempest, which means that there’s a lot of variety and a lot of talent. In fact, I’d say that this is a pretty good starter book if you’re new to poetry because it includes such a broad selection of subjects and styles that you’re sure to find something you like.
It’s also quite a hefty collection, and it actually took me a fair few days to get through. Then there’s the fact that it also includes the bios of each of the contributors as an appendix, which I actually read because they were fascinating. The result is a great collection of contemporary poetry. Awesome!