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National Book Award Winners - Poetry

Description: The National Book Awards are presented annually "to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America." Here we present the medal winners for Poetry. #award #adults


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The Need To Hold Still

by Lisel Mueller

Winner of the National Book Award for Poetry in 1981.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1981

Ashes

by Philip Levine

Won the National Book Award for Poetry in 1980.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1980

Mirabell

by James Merrill

A collection of poems.

Winner of the National Book Award

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1979

The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov

by Howard Nemerov

The former Poet Laureate of the United States, Nemerov gives us a lucid and precise twist on the commonplaces of everyday life.

The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1978.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1978

Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

by John Ashbery

A collection of poetry by John Ashbery.

Winner of the National Book Award.

Pulitzer Prize Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1976

Presentation Piece

by Marilyn Hacker

A collection of surreal poetry, arranged in five parts.

Winner of the National Book Award

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1975

The Fall of America

by Allen Ginsberg

Beginning with "long poem of these States," The Fall of America continues Planet News chronicle tape-recorded scribed by hand or sung condensed, the flux of car bus airplane dream consciousness Person during Automated Electronic War years, newspaper headline radio brain auto poesy & silent desk musings, headline flashing on road through these states of consciousness ...

Winner of the National Book Award

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1974

Diving into the Wreck

by Adrienne Rich

In her seventh volume of poetry, Adrienne Rich searches to reclaim--to discover--what has been forgotten, lost, or unexplored.

"I came to explore the wreck. / The words are purposes. / The words are maps. / I came to see the damage that was done / and the treasures that prevail." These provocative poems move with the power of Rich's distinctive voice.

Winner of the National Book Award

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1974

The Complete Poems 1927-1979

by Elizabeth Bishop

From the book: "So many stops and looks But never any listens For a poor man who traps A snowstorm that glistens."

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1970

The Light Around the Body

by Robert Bly

National Book Award for Poetry 1968.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1968

Buckdancer's Choice

by James Dickey

Whoever looks to a new book by James Dickey for further work in an established mode, or for mere novelty, is going to be disappointed. But those who seek instead a true widening of the horizons of meaning, coupled with a sure-handed mastery of the craft of poetry, will find this latest collection satisfying indeed.Here is a man who matches superb gifts with a truly subtle imagination, into whose depths he is courageously traveling--pioneering--in exploratory penetrations into areas of life that are too often evaded or denied. "The Firebombing," "Slave Quarters," "The Fiend"--these poems, with the others that comprise the present volume, show a mature and original poet at his finest.

Winner of the National Book Award

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1966

The Far Field

by Theodore Roethke

With Roethke's sudden, tragic death in 1963, a great poetic career was brought to an untimely end. "The Far Field" presents the most rewarding of his many volumes of poetry, both in brilliance of style and inner meaning. All of the poems have appeared previously in periodicals such as "The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Ladies' Home Journal, The New Yorker", and "The Partisan Review".

Winner of the National Book Award

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1965

Life Studies and For the Union Dead

by Robert Lowell

The title poem of For the Union Dead concerns the death of the Civil War hero (and Lowell ancestor) Robert Gould Shaw, but it also largely centers on the contrast between Boston's idealistic past and its debased present at the time of its writing, in the early 1960's. Throughout, Lowell addresses contemporaneous subjects in a voice and style that themselves push beyond the accepted forms and constraints of the time.

Winner of the National Book Award

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1960

Words for the Wind

by Theodore Roethke

A collection of the Northwest poet's work up until 1958, which won the National Book Award in 1959. Roethke taught poetry and writing at the University of Washington.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1959

The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens

by Wallace Stevens

This definitive poetry collection, originally published in 1954 to honor Stevens on his 75th birthday, contains:

- "Harmonium"

- "Ideas of Order"

- "The Man With the Blue Guitar"

- "Parts of the World"

- "Transport Summer"

- "The Auroras of Autumn"

- "The Rock"

Winner of the National Book Award

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1955

Paterson

by William Carlos Williams and Christopher J. Macgowan

Long recognized as a masterpiece of modern American poetry, William Carlos Williams' "Paterson" is one man's testament and vision. "Paterson" is both a place -- the New Jersey city near which Williams lived -- and a man: the symbolic figure in whom the person (the poet's own life) and the public (the history of the region) are combined.

Winner of the National Book Award

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1950

Paterson

by William Carlos Williams and Christopher Macgowan

Long recognized as a masterpiece of modern American poetry, WIlliam Carlos Williams' Paterson is one man's testament and vision, "a humanist manifesto enacted in five books, a grammar to help us life" (Denis Donoghue). Paterson is both a place--the New Jersey city in whom the person (the poet's own life) and the public (the history of the region) are combined. Originally four books (published individually between 1946 and 1951), the structure ofPaterson (in Dr. Williams' words) "follows the course of the Passaic River" from above the great falls to its entrance into the sea. The unexpected Book Five, published in 1958, affirms the triumphant life of the imagination, in spite of age and death. This revised edition has been meticulously re-edited by Christopher MacGowan, who has supplied a wealth of notes and explanatory material.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1950


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