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The poem

In Their Platoons by Jane Draycott

From “The Kingdom” by Jane Draycott (Carcanet £11.99) out this month. Copyright Jane Draycott, published by kind permission of Carcanet Press Ltd. Jane Draycott’s previous Carcanet collections include “The Occupant” (Poetry Book Society Recommendation), “Over” (T S Eliot Prize shortlist), “Prince Rupert’s Drop” (Forward Prize shortlist) and her 2011 prize-winning translation of the medieval dream-elegy “Pearl”. A recipient of the Keats Shelley Prize for Poetry, Draycott has been NL Letterenfonds Writer in Residence in Amsterdam and was winner of the 2014 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. A Next Generation Poet 2004, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and teaches on postgraduate programmes at the universities of Oxford and Lancaster.

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