Rachael Boast's second collection, Pilgrim's Flower, is up against three other collections in the International category of the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize, which is the most generous award for poetry globally.
The judges each read 539 books of poetry from 40 countries; of Pilgrim’s Flower, they said: ‘Rachael Boast’s formal dexterity, her metaphysical reach, the clarity of her language and music make Pilgrim’s Flower a collection of true lyric poetry, at its finest.’ The full shortlist includes:
Pilgrim’s Flower, Rachael Boast (Picador)
Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, Brenda Hillman (Wesleyan University Press)
Silverchest, Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Colonies, Mira Rosenthal, translated from the Polish written by Tomasz Różycki (Zephyr Press)
Red Doc>, Anne Carson (Jonathan Cape and McClelland & Stewart)
Ocean, Sue Goyette (Gaspereau Press)
Correspondences, Anne Michaels (McClelland & Stewart)
The winners, to be announced at the Griffin Poetry Prize Awards on Thursday, 5 June, will each be awarded $65,000.