The Forward Book of Poetry 2017 showcases the best contemporary poems published in the British Isles and Ireland this year, including the poets shortlisted for 2016's Forward Prizes for Poetry. This anthology, for seasoned poetry lovers and new readers alike, is the 25th in a series that offers an invaluable annual overview of the current state of poetry.
The Forward Prizes for Best Collection, Best First Collection and Best Single Poem have grown to be the most prestigious awards for poetry published in Britain and Ireland annually. Their founder, William Sieghart, created the prizes – and this series of companion anthologies – to showcase contemporary poetry to both literary and non-literary audiences.
Today, the books are recognized widely as the best way into contemporary poetry: they are studied in schools and universities and are a must-read for all who want to sample work by the best living poets.
With a foreword by Malika Booker, who chairs the 2016 Forward Prizes jury, the anthology’s publication comes on the eve of the Forward Prizes for Poetry winner ceremony at a special event at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 20 September, featuring readings from all the shortlisted books.