Trinidadian poet Vahni Capildeo became the third Caribbean poet in a row to be awarded the £15,000 Forward Prize for Poetry with her collection ‘Measures of Expatriation’ (Carcanet Books).
Following in the footsteps of Kai Miller ( The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion – 2014) and Claudia Rankine (Citizen: an American Lyric – 2015), Capildeo collected her award at The Southbank Centre on 20th September.
The award judges were Malika Booker (Chair), George Szirtes, Liz Berry, Tracey Thorn and Don Share.
Malika Booker said: “This is a book you will forever be opening. She is trying to articulate something quite hard to pin down and isn’t afraid to boldly take risks in language and layout, it is a book that no one else could have written; it is her DNA, her stamp. Every time you open that book, you’ll find something peculiar, something exhilarating, something new, something exquisitely crafted. [Measures of Expatriation] is almost like a swan – calm on top of the water, and underneath it is pedalling furiously, to create a new vocabulary in terms of the layout and language used, the lexicon it uses.”
The winner of the 2016 Forward First Collection Prize was Tiphanie Yanique for “Wife” (Peepal Tree Press)
The winner of the 2016 Forwoad Best Single Poem Prize was Sasha Dugdale for ‘Joy’.
Vahni Capildeo will be reading at Bristol Poetry Festival 2016 on Friday 14th October at the Mackay, Bristol Grammar School, alongside Helen Mort and Zaffar Kunial.
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