Costa Poetry Award
Judges: “We all relished this witty and wonderful collection. It was a real pleasure to read.”
Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane
"as Karen Jones sets out dismayingly early in her book, the only things that the real-life ‘Calamity Jane’ can with confidence be said to have in common with her legend is that she wore trousers, swore like a navvy and was pissed all the time..."
— The Spectator
You can never predict how – or where – a Paul Farley poem is going to land. This hugely enjoyable collection The Mizzy (nickname for a mistle thrush) is, among other things, a birder’s book... Like Clare, Farley is comradely towards nature, his bird’s-eye view is respectful, his anthropomorphism not belittling... But he has his own wit and singular insights... This collection is a stirring miscellany... Farley does not let his poetic mastery mask the possibility that technology is mastering him – and us.