Poetry in America

On the evening of Wednesday, November 16th, the National Book Award winners will be announced at the NBA Benefit Dinner in NYC. The awards are given by the book publishing industry and honor the very best of American literature. Each selected author receives a prize of $10,000.
Since poetry is a special love of mine, I am particularly interested in the Poetry Award. These authors are the finalists for this year’s award: Nikky Finney, Yusef Komunyakaa, Carl Phillips, Adrienne Rich, and Bruce Smith. I wonder which poet will carry home the beautiful crystal sculpture and prize?
If you can’t choose a favorite from among this esteemed group, why not try one of our poetry anthologies? Two of my favorites are edited by none other than Garrison Keillor: Good Poems for Hard Times and Good Poems American Places. He has selected poems heard on The Writer’s Almanac on public radio. These anthologies contain so many beautiful, thought-provoking poems. No matter your taste in poetry, I think you will find a few gems in these books.


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