National Book Awards longlist for Poetry

September 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

Day two of the four-day rollout for the National Book Awards longlist is for Poetry.  Being a long-time reader of poetry, I already owned one of the longlisted titles (Louise Glück’s Faithful and Virtuous Night) and have since bought two others.  Likely will own the majority, if not all, of the longlisted titles before the shortlist is revealed in mid-October.  Certainly will review at least three of the titles before then, however, and maybe as many as 6-7.  Here’s the longlist of 10 poetry titles:

Linda Bierds, Roget’s Illusion 

Brian Blanchfield, A Several World

Louise Glück, Faithful and Virtuous Night 

Edward Hirsch,  Gabriel:  A Poem

Fanny Howe, Second Childhood

Maureen N. McLane, This Blue

Fred Moten, The Feel Trio

Claudia Rankine, Citizen:  An American Lyric

Spencer Reece, The Road to Emmaus

Mark Strand, Collected Poems

Based on the three I’ve already read, some enjoyable titles for those who are curious about contemporary American poetry.  Will likely have reviews up in the next 48 hours for the Bierds and Reece.

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