Poems of the Decade


Caroline Bird, Malika Booker, Mary Jean Chen, Tishani Doshi, Will Harris, Stephen Sexton, Danez Smith, Kae Tempest and more

Poems of the Decade is a celebration of the last ten years of poetry published in the UK and Ireland. The 100 poems contained in this anthology were selected from the many thousands of poems submitted to the Forward Prizes for Poetry over the past ten years.

The Forwards are among the world’s most coveted poetry honours. They are awarded annually for the Best Collection, Best First Collection and Best Single Poem published in Britain and Ireland and are recognised for bringing together familiar names and exciting new talent.

These poems are a testament to the lived experience of the past decade. They provoke, interrogate, excite and console. Above all, they connect – both by allowing us to connect with ourselves and with others. This anthology is a must-have compilation of the very best poetry from the last decade.

The Forward Prizes for Poetry have established themselves as central to the literary landscape of modern Britain. Andrew Marr



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