Thursday, 2 July 2015

Sarah Barr wins Frogmore Prize 2015

The Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2015 has been awarded to Dorset poet Sarah Barr by adjudicator John McCullough. 

Of her Prize-winning poem McCullough says: 'January' uses form to create and complicate meaning in highly suggestive ways. The disjunctions between its stanzas evoke the sudden leaps of a mind actively thinking, the white spaces inviting us to imagine what's going on beneath the clipped surface of the language. Its first line is arresting and it draws much from ostensibly simple phrasing ('Perhaps it's natural...'). It carries on unfolding inside the reader once we have finished: a magnificent achievement and a worthy winner.’  

First runner-up was Peter Marshall from Basingstoke, who is a previous winner of the Prize (in 2007) and second runner-up was Frances Corkey Thompson from Ilfracombe, who has previously been short-listed for the Prize (in 2013). Next year will see the Frogmore Prize, which was established by the Frogmore Foundation in 1987, awarded for the 30th consecutive year.

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