Trinidadian poet Vahni Capildeo’s latest collection Measures of Expatriation has been shortlisted for Best Collection in the Forward Prizes for Poetry. Shortlists for the Forward Prizes for Poetry have been announced by chair of judges Malika Booker. Now in their 25th year, the three awards – Best Collection, Best First Collection and Best Single Poem – are Britain’s most coveted poetry prizes, celebrating the best new poetry published in the British Isles.
The list of 15 poets has a notably strong female presence, featuring both established names and forceful new voices. Between them, the writers selected draw on a dizzying wealth of languages in their work, from Greenlandic to Kurdish, Old English to Trinidad Creole, Sanskrit to the magpie Scots of Orkney.