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Mick Imlah, poetry editor at the TLS, whose own volume of poetry, The Lost Leader, won the 2008 Forward prize for best collection and was shortlisted for this year's TS Eliot prize (won yesterday by Jen Hadfield), has died, aged 52:


The Lost Leader was only the second collection of poetry from Imlah, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in December 2007. His first volume, Birthmarks, was published in 1988 — a full 20 years earlier — to critical acclaim: reviewing it in the Times Literary Supplement, Neil Corcoran described him as "a poet of striking originality and cunning, a genuinely distinctive voice in the murmur and babble of the contemporary". (More...)

Readers Comments

  1. A sad loss. This has come as a shock to me.

  2. I share Lee's response - a sad loss indeed

  3. Nicholas Murray Thursday 15 January 2009

    And so do I. On a personal level he wrote a wonderful review in 1996 in The Observer of my life of Matthew Arnold and published some of my poems in the TLS and I have just recommended his "The Lost Leader" in my RSB books of the year but I have to say that Mark Ford's Guardian obituary yesterday struck me as a little hyperbolic. But maybe that's forgivable at such a time.

  4. What an honor for me to find I’ve made your hnraooble mention list, Allen! I’m almost speechless. Almost being the operating word here. heh heh I’m slowly checking out your favorite blogs, and I’m happy to report that I’ve been reading Billy the Blogging Poet and your poetry blog now for months and I can honestly say I’m better for it..:) Also, I can’t thank you enough for directing my attention to Ron Silliman via your blog. He’s now one of my Have-To-Read blogs and everything you wrote about him above in your mini-review is true! And get this – I just discovered tonight that he has a link to one of my posts on website. Bless his heart. I wonder if he realizes how many hits I got from just that one link?! As you know, P4P! is in its infancy, and a link from a revered literary blogger is primo in my book and much appreciated. Tonight, you and Ron Silliman are responsible for the smile on my face! *smooch*

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