The 2021 New Poets Prize Winners


All four of the 2021 New Poets Prize winning pamphlets, selected by Kim Moore:

Queen of Hearts by Hannah Hodgson

In this powerful collection Hannah Hodgson gives us the complexity of the disabled body; these poems address both its beauty alongside the rage that results from being continually overlooked and marginalised. Formally varied, inventive and brightly observed, these poems take on love, sex, family and the Covid pandemic, often with warm humour and a surrealist wit. 

Too Much Mirch by Safia Khan

Too Much Mirch dwells in the ambiguities of human relationships, exploring how people and communities can be lifted up or let down by those around them. Sharp and sensitive in their imagery, these poems apply an empathetic lens to every subject they meet – family members, bullies, a cadaver in an anatomy lesson.

Ways of Healing by Charlotte Shevchenko Knight

Ways of Healing is an embodied collection with a distinctive and tough but tender voice. Charlotte Shevchenko Knight explores themes of longing, of loss, and of pain and its remedies. These poems are alive with their own vulnerability, are at times unnerving, and are always packed with astonishing sensations and images. 

Kin by Karl Knights

Karl Knights’ Kin meet inside the hospitals and grow up in waiting rooms and hospital cafeterias where ‘nobody stares’. These are poems of survival in the face of disability and years of austerity; they are memorials to those who did not make it. 

Additional information


978-1-914914-22-5, 978-1-914914-24-9, 9781914914263, 9781914914287



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