Just announced by Scott Turow, the finalists in poetry are:
Frank Bidart, Watching the Spring Festival (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Mark Doty, Fire to Fire: New and Collected Poems (HarperCollins)
Reginald Gibbons, Creatures of a Day (Louisiana State University Press)
Richard Howard, Without Saying (Turtle Point Press)
Patricia Smith, Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press)
Hurrah!~ And to see all the finalists for the four categories, visit the National Book Foundation web site, www.nationalbook.org. Winners will be announced on November 19 in NYC with Eric Bogosian as MC.