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18 June 2018

Poem published on Wild Court website shortlisted for Forward Prize for Poetry 2018

A poem published in King's College London's English department journal, Wild Court, has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.

Wild Court
Wild Court

A poem published in King’s College London’s English department journal, Wild Court, has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.

The poem titled Ruins is written by poet Fiona Benson. She describes the poem as trying ‘to look at a real, hardworking, postnatal, middle-aged body’. “I like that while it starts with dismay, it pivots on the recognition of the lopsided stomach into a celebration of what the body housed,” says Fiona. 

The Forward Prizes for Poetry are an annual award for poetry. They were founded in 1992 by William Sieghart with the aim of celebrating excellence in poetry and increasing its audience, raising poetry’s profile and linking poetry to people in new ways.  

The 27th annual Forward Prizes will be awarded on 18 September 2018 at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.

Wild Court is an online journal committed to writing and thinking about poetry and its presence in the world today. Named for an Irish rookery (but also the Wild Court that is on Kingsway? Check with Ruth Padel), it draws upon an international community of poets, writers and critics, and supports the ‘Poetry And…’ free readings held in King’s Chapel which highlight the connective power of poetry to all other disciplines.

To find out more about the Forward Prize for Poetry and to read Fiona’s poem, click here.

For more information on Wild Court, click here.