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100 Years of Yale Younger Poets

Edited by Carl Phillips

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October 22, 2019
432 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
3 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300243161
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A masterfully curated collection, drawn from a century of works in the acclaimed Yale Series of Younger Poets

The Yale Younger Poets prize is the oldest annual literary award in the United States. Its winners include some of the most influential voices in American poetry, including Adrienne Rich, John Ashbery, Margaret Walker, Carolyn Forché, and Robert Hass.
 
In celebration of the prize’s anniversary, this collection presents three selections from each Younger Poets volume. It serves as both a testament to the enduring power and significance of poetic expression and an exploration of the ways poetry has evolved over the past century. In addition to judiciously assembling this wide-ranging anthology, Carl Phillips provides an introduction to the history and impact of the Yale Younger Poets prize and its winners within the wider context of American poetry, including the evolving roles of race, gender, and sexual orientation.

Carl Phillips is professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis and has served as judge of the Yale Series of Younger Poets since 2010. His own books of poetry include Wild Is the Wind and Quiver of Arrows.

"In the annals of publishing there is surely no comparable record of hospitality to poets, young or old.”—The New York Times
Westerly

Will Schutt; Foreword by Carl Phillips

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Eruv

Eryn Green; Foreword by Carl Phillips

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Blue Yodel

Ansel Elkins; Foreword by Carl Phillips

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The Destroyer in the Glass

Noah Warren; Foreword by Carl Phillips

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Simulacra

Airea D. Matthews; Foreword by Carl Phillips

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We Play a Game

Duy Doan; Foreword by Carl Phillips

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Hermit with Landscape

Daniel Hall; Foreword by James Merrill

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Out of the Woods

Thomas Bolt; Foreword by James Merrill

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Picture Bride

Cathy Song; Foreword by Richard Hugo

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Beginning with O

Olga Broumas; Foreword by Stanley Kunitz

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Natural Histories

Leslie Ullman; Foreword by Richard Hugo

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