National Book Finalists for Poetry
Get ready for the announcement of the winner of this $10,000 prize on Nov. 18. A roundup from The Washington Post: http://wpo.st/kQSo0
- •“Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude,” by Ross GayA charming collection that gives readers permission to feel joyful. One finds a fig tree that brings neighbors together in Philadelphia, a man plays a flute and becomes the instrument, and a father’s ashes nurture a plum tree that in turn inspires the son.
- •"How to Be Drawn,” by Terrance HayesIn this challenging collection, Hayes examines perception – how we see and are seen – through a variety of lenses that reveal the realities of life for black Americans.
- •“Voyage of the Sable Venus,” by Robin Coste LewisA surprising debut by a poet whose ambitious triptych considers the nuances of race and identity throughout time. Her sharp intelligence is matched by stunning insight and a wiliness to confront her own painful history.
- •“Bright Dead Things,” by Ada LimónLimón balances power and wildness from the first page, where the speaker establishes her love of horses and the confidence they represent.
- •“Elegy for a Broken Machine,” by Patrick PhillipsPhillips does a brilliant job of capturing family tensions and connections between generations, and of giving new life – however briefly – to friends, acquaintances, and suicides whose passings have haunted him.