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Daily Poem: Sparrowgrass By Tom Paulin: Poem omitted for copyright reasons Tom Paulin is the sixth of 10 shortlisted poets for the TS Eliot Prize for best new collection of poetry. Born in Leeds in 1949, he is currently Professor of Poetry at Nottingham University and an influential critic. 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 17th January. This poem is from his collection Walking a Line (Faber, £5.99).