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Poetry please

Winner of poetry prize namechecks The Wire in winning ode

The winner of Britain’s prestigious Forward Prize for the best single poem of 2008 (Seamus Heaney was among the contenders) is an ode to the Georgian electronica musician Natalie ‘Tusja’ Beridze, who is married to Cologne’s minimal Techno pioneer Thomas Brinkmann, by the Scottish poet Don Paterson. “Love Poem For Natalie ‘Tusja’ Beridze” even finds room to name check The Wire in the course of its effusive tribute to Beridze’s sound processing talents.

Sample passage:

"O Natalie, how can I pay tribute to your infinitely versatile
blend of Nancarrow, Mille Plateaux, Venetian Snares, Xenakis,
Boards of Canada and Nobukazu Takemura"