Hugo Williams is the fourth of 10 shortlisted poets for the TS Eliot Prize for best new collection of poetry. Williams works in London as a journalist, travel writer and film critic for Harpers & Queen. This year's judges are Ciaran Carson, Candia McWilliam, John Fuller and Robert Crawford, chaired by Elaine Feinstein. All 10 poets will be featured in the Daily Poem until the announcement of the winner on 17 January. This poem is from his collection Dock Leaves (Faber £6.99).