The Forward Prize is one of the most coveted of UK poetry prizes. So, along with most poets in the UK, it’s one of my ambitions. Unlikely, of course, but we all need aspirations.

Today Carole Baldock, who edits Orbis, told me she’s putting forward my poem “Presumably Butterflies” for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in memory of Michael Donaghy, and Wasafiri has already selected my poem “The Anthropology of Loss” for the same honour. Realistically, there’s little chance of being shortlisted: last year the six shortlisted poems came from the Bridport, the National, Staple, the TLS (x2) and Magma although, to be fair, most were by poets who are not that well known. But simply getting into the Forward anthology would be quite an achievement – and now I’ve two chances of doing that!

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