The TS Eliot Prize for poetry, now in its 13th year, will be announced tonight. Yesterday, in the Observer (thanks to Steve to bringing this piece to my attention), Robert Potts, in an excellent article, bemoaned, "[t]he problem with the Eliot Prize is ... that the results can be so bland. A number of books on this year's shortlist, despite blurbs suggesting their rare qualities, are barely distinguishable examples of orthodoxy." He does note (and I agree with him here too) that:
Two exceptions are Sinead Morrissey's The State of the Prisons, a book that does admit history and politics, and that is skilfully written; and David Harsent's Legion, a harrowing and highly intelligent book concerned with war and violence.
Hopefully, we'll be interviewing both Sinead Morrissey and David Harsent here on RSB within the next couple of weeks. Good luck to them both this evening.