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Ed Roberson wins Jackson Poetry Prize; Garth Greenwell on writing about sex

Garth Greenwell. Photo: Bill Adams

The 2020 Jackson Poetry Prize has been awarded to Ed Roberson. “This is an extraordinary time to be awarding this significant prize in poetry, a momentous time in our recent history, a time of panic, fear, uncertainty and inner turmoil, and devastating tragedy where people are separated from one another, cannot even touch or bury loved ones, and yet are bound together inextricably by their vulnerability as humans,” the judges said in a press release. “Poetry such as Ed Roberson’s troubles these meditations, these issues, these apocalyptic queries in innovative expressive ways.”

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“Surely it is absurd to claim that a central activity of human life, a territory of feeling and drama, is off-limits to art,” writes Garth Greenwell at The Guardian. “Sex is a uniquely useful tool for a writer, a powerful means not just of revealing character or exploring relationships, but of asking the largest questions about human beings.”

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