Esther Morgan's third collection GRACE is shortlisted for the 2011 T.S. Eliot Prize. The main themes of her poetry are loss, loneliness and what remains unspoken. She describes her subject-matter as being 'family and ancestry, the domestic space, the secrets of hidden lives'. Reviewing her work in the Times Literary Supplement, Stephen Knight writes of how 'erasure, absence and isolation are explored in a voice so ingenuous, its language and syntax so plain, that it takes a while to notice quite how disturbing the poetry is.' Neil Astley filmed Esther Morgan reading a selection of her poems at her home in Suffolk in November 2009. In this extract from his film, she reads one poem, 'The Reason', from her first collection BEYOND CALLING DISTANCE (2001); then two poems, 'Bone China' and 'At the parrot sanctuary', from THE SILENCE LIVING IN HOUSES (2005); and six poems from the Eliot-shortlisted GRACE (2011): 'Grace', 'Among Women', 'I want to go back to The Angel', 'What Happens While We Are Sleeping', 'After Life' and 'Risen'. Esther Morgan's work is used in this film with the permission of her publishers, Bloodaxe Books.

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