No speech!:
Rather a shock that Geoffrey Hill didn’t win the T.S. Eliot prize for his ‘Speech! Speech!’. This new book of poems by the hermetic Midlands poet & Visiting Fellow at Warwick University recently moved The Guardian newspaper to state bluntly that… “Geoffrey Hill is the greatest living poet in the English language.” Add to that similar reviews which proclaim him… “the finest British poet of our time”; “the most powerful living poet”; “indisputably the best living poet in English and perhaps in the world”; “perhaps the greatest contemporary religious poet in English”; “the best English poet of the twentieth century”; and “…probably the best writer alive”. So it’s rather surprising that a set of kitchen-sink odes to a divorce – “doggerel”, to quote The Guardian‘s opinion – pipped him to the post.