To my knowledge, the T.S. Eliot prize shortlist has never included someone in Eliot’s own circumstances — that is, an American-born poet living in the UK. Yet there are many of us out here, and many worth knowing more about.
I have therefore complied a list of Five Expat Poets to Watch in 2016.
Seek them out, enjoy their work, and raise a cup of tea to the special (poetic) relationship.
View the complete list here.
“A short poem need not be small.”
On the plane from London to New York, I took in three stunning debuts: Mona Arshi’s sensual, wistful, and surreal poetry; Sarah Fletcher’s imaginative, accomplished, and wry personae; Anja König’s incisive, keenly observed notes on loss — and wrote brief reviews of each for HuffPost Books.
You can read the full reviews here.