John Burnside has won the 2011 T S Eliot Prize for poetry for his collectionBlack Cat Bone.
At an award ceremony last night at the Haberdashers’ Hall in London, the Poetry Book Society announced that his “haunting” book of verse had won the 19th annual prize, beating a high-profile shortlist that included poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
Welsh poet Gillian Clarke, this year’s chair of judges, said: “Amongst an unprecedentedly strong and unusually well-received shortlist, John Burnside’sBlack Cat Bone is a haunting book of great beauty, powered by love, childhood memory, human longing and loneliness. In an exceptional year, it is an outstanding book, one which the judges felt grew with every reading….
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