The Almeida Theatre is organising an evening of readings by the shortlisted poets on Sunday at 7pm. Tickets are £7. (Box Office 071-359 4404).
For copyright reasons we are not able to provide the full text of the poem on this database. Following are the details of the publication in which it appears. John Burnside is the eighth of ten shortlisted poets for the TS Eliot Prize for best new collection of poetry. He was born in Dunfermline in 1955 and currently lives and works in Surrey. This year's judges are Ciaran Carson, Candia McWilliam, John Fulle r and Robert Crawford, chaired by Elaine Feinstein. All ten poets will be featured in the Daily Poem until the announcement of the winner on 17 January. This poem is from his collection The Myth of the Twin (Jonathan Cape, £7).