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."