Quick note, where I try to make up for egocentrism with brevity.
The winners of the 2011 Times Stephen Spender Prize have been announced today, and (is there possibly a way to say this gracefully? if there is, it’s beyond me) I’m one of them. “Modthryth” was commended, and “The Collar” won the Open category. Both are obviously (obviously? I figure with a name like Modthryth, the reader makes certain assumptions), from my translation of Beowulf.
All of the winning poems (and there are some corkers—“The Whale,” which won the 18-and-under category, is fantastic) can be found here, and the judges’ comments are here. If you’re so inclined, I believe there is also a story about it in the Times today.