Choosing the poems we nominate for the annual Forward Prize for Poetry is tricky. The poems that make it into the magazine are already the cream of the crop, and we have come to know them very well over the course of the submission call discussions, as well as though editing and typesetting. We understand the way they ebb and flow. It’s hard to be objective, and we’re really not.

This year’s nominations all come from Issue 17. In no particular order, they are:

  • ‘Kindnesses’ by Daniel Bennett
  • ‘Black Sears’ by Christine Nguyen
  • ‘Burning the Clocks’ by Robert Selby

Those who made it out to the Issue 17 launch were lucky enough to hear ‘Kindnesses’ and ‘Burning the Clocks’ in person.

Good luck to each!