Awards: Forward Poetry Shortlist

Finalists have been named for the £10,000 (about $13,390) Forward Prize for Poetry and the £5,000 (about $6,695) Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection, which were established to "celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience, and are awarded to published poets for work in print in the last year." Winners will be announced September 18 in London. This year's shortlisted books are:

Best collection
Venus as a Bear by Vahni Capildeo
Assurances by J. O. Morgan
Black Sun by Toby Martinez de las Rivas
Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith
Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith

First collection
Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar
Jinx by Abigail Parry
Shrines of Upper Austria by Phoebe Power
Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting by Shivanee Ramlochan
Soho by Richard Scott

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