This is the second year in succession a poet has won the Costa and it is seen by many as heralding a resurgence of interest in the form.
Here's what the Costa people say -
Poet Jo Shapcott has won the 2010 Costa Book of the Year for her collection Of Mutability, her first new work in over a decade and in part influenced by her experience of breast cancer.
In Of Mutability, Shapcott is found writing at her most memorable and bold. In a series of fresh, unflinching poems, she movingly explores mortality and the nature of change: in the body and the natural world, and in shifting relationships between people. By turns grave and playful, arresting and witty, the poems in Of Mutability celebrate each waking moment as though it might be the last and, in so doing, restore wonder to the smallest of encounters.
Click here to read more about Jo Shapcott and hear her read some of her poems.
Ooh, strange feeling of deja vu then!