The winner of the 2018 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry, Three Poems is an “exhilarating” (London Review of Books) debut of formal height and emotional depth
Hannah Sullivan’s debut collection is a revelationthree poems of startling intensity, ambition, and length. Though each poem stands apart, their inventive and looping encounters make for a compelling unity.
“You, Very Young in New York” is a study of romantic possibility and disillusion in a great American city. “Repeat Until Time” begins with a move to California and unfolds into a philosophical essay on repetition. “The Sandpit After Rain” explores the birth of a child and the loss of a father with exacting clarity.
Eliciting comparisons to such poets as Eliot, Pound, Whitman, and Auden, Three Poems explores coming-of-age, motherhood, capitalism, social media, and other contemporary concerns from her unique perspective and exquisite voice.
About the Author
Hannah Sullivan read Classics at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has a PhD in English and American literature from Harvard University. She also lived in San Francisco for four years and taught as an assistant professor at Stanford University. The Work of Revision was awarded the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize by the British Academy. Three Poems is her debut poetry collection. It received the T. S. Eliot Prize and was short-listed for the Roehampton Poetry Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, and the Ted Hughes Award. She is currently an associate professor of English at New College, Oxford, and lives in London with her husband and two sons.