Todd Swift of Eyewear has published an annual list of the UK’s 20 most ‘powerful’ poets….
There may be a few names left off this list, and I have left several respected friends and colleagues off, who are very influential, important and should be more influential, but no argument can be easily made to remove any that are here – there is a brute facticity to these choices. These are names to conjure with, and they are, for the most part, famous names. They are mostly the names of professors, laureates, editors, and award-winners. The British (or English, at any rate) are often discomfited by the idea of anything as inelegant as use of power – but cultural power is the only power that poets are likely ever to have or exercise, and to deny it exists leads to a state of dis-empowerment for many. The hope is, by creating such a list, power can be explored and utilised for the maximum cultural good, in future.
The list is in alphabetical order:
CAROL ANN DUFFY