Misadventure by Richard Meier has been shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2012. The winner will be announced on Friday 2 November at the opening reading of the 24th Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. 

Richard was the winner of the inaugural Picador Poetry Prize, and we’re thrilled to see this moving, beautifully crafted collection receive this well-deserved recognition. 

We've selected a poem from the collection to show you just how wonderful it is.


Walking near Arundel


Chalk and mud. Fields littered with flint.

A river, some rushes, a tan landscape


and There, over there! the black and steel

of a heron’s elegance. And the breeze,


resisting us, newly-fleshing us as

we stand silenced on this hillside ...


How exactly the wind fits our faces.


The full shortlist is as follows:

BEE JOURNAL, Sean Borodale (Cape)

LOUDNESS, Judy Brown (Seren)

EXACTLY MY OWN LENGTH, Olivia McCannon (Carcanet)

MISADVENTURE, Richard Meier (Picador)

BREAKING SILENCE, Jacob Sam-La Rose (Bloodaxe)