"With a synchronised swivelling of necks
and a coughed silence, they welcome me in,
wincing as I order. Once I've sat down,
a soft hubbub resumes..."
from "Twenty Years Apart", The Knives of Villalejo (Eyewear Publishing, 2017)
The TS Eliot shortlist for 2017 was announced six weeks ago. As Sandeep Parmar pointed out in her short article in The Guardian: ‘For those who have champi...