Saboteur Awards Shortlist 2021: Arrival at Elsewhere and Maternal Impression

We are absolutely delighted that two ATG poets have made this year’s Saboteur Awards Shortlist. The wonderfully important and astonishing long poem curated Arrival at Elsewhere finds itself in the Best Collaborative Work category and Cheryl Moskowitz’s newly published, Maternal Impression, is in the Best Pamphlet category.

In this book-length poem, curated by Carl Griffin, poets from across the world speak in one voice in response to 2020’s life-changing pandemic. Not a definitive voice, nor an authoritative one. But a contrasting, contradicting, confused voice, set both in the UK and everywhere else, represented by one narrator who, just like the rest of us, is made up of a hundred different people. A narrator cohesive only in his/her/their contemplation of Elsewhere.

Elsewhere has arrived…

to everyone affected by the Covid-19 pandemic – in aid of NHS Charities Together

Read an excerpt at Arrival at Elsewhere – a glimpse.

CherylMoskowitzFrontCover“Every time I have heard Cheryl Moskowitz read “The Donner Party”, strange things have happened – a bell has rung with no-one at the door, candles have guttered in a church setting, and shivers always run down my spine. Moskowitz’s poetry summons spirits and spills beyond the words on the page into a mystical space where we are all connected in body and mind. These are poems that once read or heard, leave their mark. Mesmeric, soul-feeding, uneasy, I come back to them again and again for reassurance, admonishment, and recognition of what it is to hang onto the maternal in our collective journey. Maternal Impression is a call to arms – maternal arms – and all that implies in the Anthropocene. It has a beating heart that needs to be heard, felt, and heeded.” – Lisa Kelly

 

Huge congratulations to these poets and everyone on the shortlist.

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