National Book Foundation Announces Poetry Nominees

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On Tuesday, the National Book Foundation announced its nominees for the 2014 National Book Award in Poetry.  The nominees include (synopses provided by The New York Times):

  • Louise Glück for Faithful and Virtuous Night

This new collection from Ms. Glück, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a three-time National Book Award finalist, tackles the subjects of aging and creativity.

  • Edward Hirsch for Gabriel: A Poem

In this volume of poetry, Mr. Hirsch, an award-winning poet, writes about the loss of his son, Gabriel, who died at 22. The New Yorker called it “a masterpiece of sorrow.”

  • Fanny Howe for Second Childhood

Ms. Howe has published more than 20 books of poetry and prose. Her latest collection “channels childlike marvel,” a reviewer for Publishers Weekly wrote.

  • Maureen N. McLane for This Blue

Ms. McLane’s third collection includes poems about nature and travel, and poems with cheeky titles like “They Were Not Kidding in the Fourteenth Century” and “Quiet Car.”

  • Linda Bierds for Roget’s Illusion

Ms. Bierds’s verses have been praised by W.S. Merwin for their “real power and animal presence.”

  • Brian Blanchfield for A Several World

This collection, which takes its title from a 17th-century poem by Robert Herrick, deals with questions about subjectivity and individuality versus the collective.

  • Fred Moten for The Feel Trio

Mr. Moten’s verse is packed with slang and contemporary language as well as jazz references.

  • Claudia Rankine for Citizen: An American Lyric

In “Citizen,” which has been described as “a provocative mediation on race,” Ms. Rankine mixes current events and pop culture references with personal narratives.

  • Spencer Reece for The Road to Emmaus

A sequence of narrative poems about an Episcopal priest who works as a chaplain at a hospital and prison and struggles with loneliness. Mr. Reece, an Episcopal priest, is working on a prose book about his decision to enter the priesthood late in life.

  • Mark Strand for Collected Poems

A half-century of work by Mr. Strand, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former United States Poet Laureate.

The shortlist of poetry finalists will be announced on October 15, with the winner being unveiled on November 19.  Up next this week are the announcements of the nonfiction and fiction nominees.

Congratulations to all the nominated poets!

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