Literary prizes are, of course, deeply arbitrary in many ways; such is the nature of keeping score in a creative field. Nonetheless, our prizewinners post is compiled in the same spirit that one might tally up Cy Young Awards and MVPs to determine if a baseball player should be considered for the Hall of Fame. These awards nudge an author towards the “canon” and help secure them places on literature class reading lists for decades to come.
The NBCC Winners Have Been Announced
Devotion: The Garment District
Aracelis Girmay reads “To the Husband.”
Hospital parking lot, April
To celebrate Yusef Komunyakaa’s nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Award, I thought I would share this recording from our poetry blog. I was fortunate enough to meet Komunyakaa a few years ago when recording this piece, and he was a consummate gentleman. It’s something of a bonus that he was born with an astounding reading voice.
Oh wow, just listen to him… Astounding voice indeed.
This makes me want to just post clips or poems from all of the NBCC poetry prize contenders. Let’s think of it as an exteneded Sunday’s Poem?