Thursday, November 18, 2010

Terrance Hayes' Lighthead wins National Book Award for Poetry!

"In his fourth collection, Terrance Hayes investigates how we construct experience. With one foot firmly grounded in the everyday and the other hovering in the air, his poems braid dream and reality into a poetry that is both dark and buoyant. Cultural icons as diverse as Fela Kuti, Harriet Tubman, and Wallace Stevens appear with meditations on desire and history. We see Hayes testing the line between story and song in a series of stunning poems inspired by the Pecha Kucha, a Japanese presenta­tion format." Full details here.

And Patti Smith (!!) wins in the Non-fiction category for her memoir Just Kids about coming of age with Robert Mapplethorpe. How touching.

I think I am going to have to read both.


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