The 2009 T.S. Eliot prize, has selected a shortlist of 10 poets
"who have dreamed and who have dared", according to chair of judges Simon Armitage. He highlighted Sharon Olds's One Secret Thing
, which moves from meditations on war photographs to an exploration of aging, as a collection that had moved the award-winning American poet to the next level. "She's well known as a highly confessional writer, who writes very personally and intimately about her family situation," he said. "But she seems to have pushed even further in this book."