Known for her surreal, disturbing, uncomfortably humorous poems, Selima Hill is one of Britain's leading poets. Her Forward-shortlisted 20th collection brings together seven sequences of short poems relating to men and to women's relationships with men.
With each new collection, Philip Gross' poems extend their conversation between the metaphysical and the acutely physical. His sequences in The Thirteenth Angel scan from moment to moment like flickering needles, registering stress patterns in the world around us. This is Philip Gross's 27th book of poetry, and his 12th from Bloodaxe.
Irish poet Harry Clifton's latest collection ranges from South America to the North of Ireland, from Khao I Dang refugee camp to Glasnevin cemetery, These are poems of origin and migration, in quest of a lost maternal ground.
Jane Clarke's third collection is far-reaching and yet precisely rooted in time and place, exploring how people, landscape and culture shape us. Voices of the past and present show courage in the face of poverty, prejudice, war and exile and everyday losses in what is essentially a book of love poems to our beautiful, fragile world.
Tony Harrison's v. was written during the Miners' Strike of 1984-85 when he visited his parents' grave in a Leeds cemetery and found it vandalised by obscene graffiti. Channel Four's film of v. won the Royal Television Society's Best Original Programme Award and prompted extreme political and media reaction documented in the book's second edition.
Geis was the third collection by one of Ireland's most acclaimed younger poets, winner of the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2016. It was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the 2016 Pigott Poetry Prize in association with Listowel Writers' Week.