Evidence, Mary Oliver (Beacon Press)
- In this new volume of forty-seven poems, Mary Oliver delves even deeper than she has in the past into the mysteries of life, love, and death. Exploring the evidence presented to us daily by the natural world, inspired by the familiar lines from William Wordsworth: "To me the meanest flower that blows can give / Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears," Oliver offers poems of arresting beauty and insight.
- History of Hurricanes, Teresa Cader (Northwestern)
- With thoughtful and graceful language, these poems explore the inevitability of death.
- Long Division, Andrea Cohen (Salmon Poetry Ltd)
- Each poem tells a perfectly contained story that engages the reader with familiar references, the right combination of
carefully-chosen words, and a subtle humor.
- The Looking House, Fred Marchant (Graywolf)
- A latest collection by the author of Full Moon Boat evaluates psychological and physical manifestations of human suffering while evaluating the ways in which such places as a childhood window at midnight and the broken sill of a Donegal hut may offer refuge for contemplation.
- Lost Alphabet, Lisa Olstein (Copper Canyon)
- "This second collection from Olstein is an impressive sequence of prose poems spoken in the voice of a lepidopterist engaged in isolated research on butterflies and moths near a village whose residents reluctantly embrace her presence." Publisher's Weekly
- The Seven Deadly Sins and Other Poems, David Slavitt (LSU Press
- "Slavitt's original poems are so lively and smart as to suggest that the High Middle Ages never died, and it is altogether fitting that mellifluous translations of four classical Latin, Sanskrit, and French poems close the collection." Booklist
- Steerage, Bert Stern (Ibbetson Street)
- A collection of poems that deepens and settles with each read like an unfolding dream.
- **** This is the Red Door, James R. Whitley (Ironweed) (WINNER)
- "This remarkable collection of lyrical poems about love, loss, and moving on, with sections aptly titled In, Under, Through, Over, and Out , brings the reader along the arc of a relationship, from breathless beginning to inevitable end. Whitley's first lines draw one immediately into his experience, while the remainder of the poems invite further exploration. The poems, read aloud, roll off the tongue with an intelligence that avoids cleverness for its own sake. There is much to ponder and even more to discuss in this exceptional volume." --- MassBook Judges
- The Unpredictability of Light, Marguerite Guzman Bouvard (Word Press)
- A delightfully written collection of poems that cradles with its fullness at every turn of the page.
- The Us, Joan Houlihan (Tupelo Press)
- This sequence of unique linked poems
explicates the lives of a primitive people--their journeys, betrayals, and loss of
innocence--in language characterized by a re-conceived and captivating syntax and
elemental, almost child-like, images.
- A Village Life, Louise Glück (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- An eleventh collection by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of such volumes as Averno and Ararat includes the piece, "Tributaries," an exploration of a timeless Mediterranean village and the contrast between its natural and architectural elements.
- Wheeling Motel, Franz Wright (Alfred A. Knopf)
- A volume of works by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Walking to Martha's Vineyard is a reflection of the author's efforts to reconcile the past and accept an undetermined future, in a collection that explores such themes as impermanence, rage, and the recognition of God in the everyday world.
|Judges for the 10th MassBooks in Poetry: Diane Giarrusso, Boxford Town Library; Liz Gray, Dana Hall School Library; Enzo Surin, Bunker Hill Community College Library, Charlestown.
The Massachusetts Book Awards are a program of the Massachusetts Center for the Book, on the web at www.massbook.org.
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