Posted: 18:59:00 on 26/05/2011
Egg Box poet Agnes Lehoczky has won the inaugural Jane Martin Prize for Poetry at Girton College, Cambridge. The judging panel, led by Dr Ian Patterson, critic, poet, author and Director of Studies in English at Queen’s College Cambridge, decided to award the new national poetry prize of £1000 jointly to poets Agnes and Emily Critchley (another good poet, not published by us - they do exist, but aren't to be trusted). Both were judged on a body of work, and Agnes' winning poem was Carp Fishpond Fable, which will feature in her second collection, out later this year. If you don't already own a copy of the first, you know what to do.
Commenting on the entries, Dr Patterson said: "Out of a large and very varied entry, the judges finally succeeded in agreeing on an impressive shortlist. In the end, though, two entries stood out, for their ambition and for the sustained level of their achievement: Emily Critchley's intellectual and poetic virtuosity and vitality, and the haunting, disturbing and beautiful interior worlds of Agnes Lehoczky's prose poems. Although very different, it proved impossible to choose one over the other, and so the prize is shared between them."
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