Awarded to "Native Guard" by Natasha Trethewey (Houghton Mifflin).
Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "The Republic of Poetry" by Martin Espada (W.W. Norton), and "Interrogation Palace: New & Selected Poems 1982-2004" by David Wojahn (University of Pittsburgh Press).
Jurors: Cynthia Huntington, professor of English, Dartmouth University (Chair),
Rafael Campo, associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, Claudia Emerson, professor of English, Arrington Distinguished Chair in Poetry, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
A wonderful little essay by Dana Levin, about a pair of William Blake poems in today's Poetry Daily Poet's Picks. You can only see it if you subscribe to the free email.
So sad about the shootings at Virginia Tech. This country really needs tougher gun laws. And better mental health treatment. I bet it comes out the shooter was having trouble with depression, or a psychotic break, and was not being treated. I mean, you really would have to be not in your right mind to do such a thing. It's all so sad.