Sonnets for Albert
Winner of the T S Eliot Prize 2022
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Published: 9th Jun '22
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In the acclaimed poet's first collection since 2013, Calypsonian renderings of the sonnet bubble with febrile lyricism, musicality, and breathtaking emotional depth
**WINNER OF THE T S ELIOT PRIZE FOR POETRY 2022** **SHORTLISTED FOR THE FORWARD PRIZE FOR POETRY 2022** **LONGLISTED FOR THE OCM BOCAS PRIZE 2023** With Sonnets for Albert, Anthony Joseph returns to the autobiographical material explored in his earlier collection Bird Head Son. In this follow-up, he weighs the impact of being the son of an absent, or mostly absent, father, Though these poems threaten to break under the weight of their emotions, they are always masterfully poised as the stylish man they depict.
After much silence and absence in life, the poet’s father is painstakingly restored in death in a book-length “calypso sonnet” sequence ... Sonnets for Albert movingly makes peace with his shade * Guardian *
A luminous collection which celebrates humanity in all its contradictions and breathes new life into this enduring form -- T S Eliot Prize for Poetry 2023 judges
Praise for Anthony Joseph: "Possessing or possessed by requisite bearings, language and lore, Anthony Joseph is fully and beautifully up to the task -- Nathaniel Mackey
An exceptional talent -- Blake Morrison