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Championing the most exciting new voices of poetry, the Yale Younger Poets Prize is the oldest annual literary award offered in the United States. Firsts: 100 Years of the Yale Younger Poets (Yale, $35), edited by  the current judge, poet Carl Phillips, is both a fascinating historical exploration of our literary landscape over the last century and an examination of the shifting concerns of what we value in our poetry. Masterfully curated, this anthology represents all the Award’s past winners, those who have changed our conception of poetry and also those who have been forgotten. It also moves beyond many of the obvious selections to include lesser known works by some of the greatest poets of our time; here is early work by Adrienne Rich, John Ashbery, and Robert Haas, for instance. Writing as both a judge and a poet Phillips situates the collection within the changing considerations of what we expect and desire of poetry and the ways evolving cultural attitudes towards race, gender, and sexuality are reflected through the kinds of poetry hailed as important. This book is a fascinating document and ultimately a rewarding testament to the sustaining importance of poetry as an art.

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By Carl Phillips (Editor)
ISBN: 9780300243161
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Published: Yale University Press - October 22nd, 2019

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What secret selves lie within us? And of what dark deeds are they capable? Inspired by the notorious case of Lord Lucan, Flynn Berry‘s A Double Life (Viking, $26) follows Claire decades after her father murdered her nanny, and left her mother nearly dead, before disappearing. Claire has convinced herself that she has moved beyond the events of her childhood, capable of living a healthy, functional life, only to be derailed each time a new sighting of her father is reported. But this time, waiting for confirmation of a false sighting, Claire finds that she cannot wait any longer and might be more like her father than she thought. Berry explores class, ethics, and the psychology of violence to understand the ways in which we are shaped by trauma; this is a mystery that delves beneath the surface to look at the unsavory things that dwell there, both in others and in ourselves.

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ISBN: 9780735224964
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Published: Viking - July 31st, 2018

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Eileen Myles’s first new collection of poetry since 2011, Evolution (Grove, $25) is everything that could be expected from the brilliant, weird Eileen Myles, whose last book was the acclaimed prose Afterglow (a dog memoir). Irreverent and abundant, this is a book to cleanse you of your woes—a book in which Myles is elected president, considers Utopia and James Comey, writes about bodies, loneliness, and anything else that comes to mind. Eileen Myles defies expectations of art or language and in this newest book she continues an ongoing project of carving out the much-needed space in which her own particular, strange, wonderful vernacular can casually find purpose. Reading this book, there is the sense that no filter, or editing, or qualifying, stands between the page and Eileen Myles’ inner dialogue, and how lucky we are for that.

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ISBN: 9780802128508
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Published: Grove Press - September 11th, 2018