Saturday, October 17, 2009


The Most Interesting National Book Award
Finalists’ List Ever

Rae Armantrout, Versed (Wesleyan University Press)
Ann Lauterbach, Or to Begin Again (Viking Penguin)
Carl Phillips, Speak Low (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Open Interval (U. of Pittsburgh Press)
Keith Waldrop, Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy (UC Press)


Thanks to judges Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, A. Van Jordan,
Cole Swensen
, & Kevin Young
for accomplishing the seemingly impossible:
nominating 5 excellent books


¹ This would be true also
if this were the list for the Pulitzer,
the National Book Critics’ Circle
or just about any other US-based prize


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