Thursday, January 29, 2009

NBCC Award Finalists in Poetry

The finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award were announced yesterday. Here are the poetry candidates -- hurrah!

August Kleinzahler, Sleeping It Off in Rapid City (Farrar, Strauss)
Juan Felipe Herrera, Half the World in Light (University of Arizona Press)
Devin Johnston, Sources (Turtle Point Press)
Pierre Martory (trans. John Ashbery), The Landscapist (Sheep Meadow Press)
Brenda Shaughnessy, Human Dark with Sugar (Copper Canyon Press)

March 12 is the date for the winning book to be announced. So today's challenge is, let's read all five of them before that date, and see whether our taste and judgment matches those of the judging team. Hmm.

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