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The Best Is Yet to Come


So, today is my last day of the bursary time. It has gone pretty well, I think, although I’ll only get a proper sense of that when I sit back and look at everything I’ve produced over the period. I’m quite looking forward to that task. And even though I haven’t produced anything new today, I’m feeling quite a sense of achievement, as the revision that I undertook on one poem has lifted it from a doubtful to a definite.

Overall, I’ve had an excellent end to my bursary period. I’ll blog about Greenbelt forthwith, but the cherry on the icing on the cake for me was the arrival yesterday of my contributors copies of The Best British Poetry 2011. As we have all come to expect from Salt Publishing, it’s a beautiful book. Roddy Lumsden has done a sterling job and the contents look like they will live up to the promise of the cover.

You can check out the list of names here, but I’m delighted and humbled to be represented in a volume that kicks off with Gillian Allnutt — a favourite contemporary religious poet of mine — and includes an excellent sample of some of the finest established and up-and-coming poets writing in the UK today. (Remarkably, one poet is represented by her first published poem. There’s a talent to watch!)

The official publication date is, I believe, 15 September. In the meantime, check it out on the Salt website.

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