In 1952, Marianne Moore became the first woman to win the #NBAward for #Poetry. Moore’s Collected Poems, which also won the Pulitzer Prize, demonstrates her rightful place in the canon of modern poets. On our blog dedicated to the Winners of the #NBAward for #Poetry Lee Felice Pinkas writes that "Moore can create subject matter from anything… No creature is too small, no idea too insignificant for Moore to applaud or discover." In her acceptance speech at the #NBAwards Ceremony, Moore obliquely acknowledged the skepticism that then greeted modernists’ willingness to break with poetry’s stylistic and formal conventions, saying, “I can see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it. Anyone could do what I do, and I am the more grateful that those whose judgment I trust should regard it as poetry.”
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There is always a kind of dark, haunted quality to his writing, a kind of noir undercurrent in which he is playing on the conventions of pulp fiction and cleverly combining it with the Latin American political novel, which is something I had not seen before. —
Deborah Treisman, fiction editor of The New Yorker, on the writing of Daniel Alarcón.
Daniel Alarcón and Deborah Treisman will be appearing together this Wednesday evening, April 23, at our Eat, Drink, & Be Literary series at The Brooklyn Academy of Music. Buy tickets here.
A little reminder to myself to finish reading Colson Whitehead’s new book, so I can pick an excerpt for next week’s First Read — yeeeeeeaah! And not only will we have an exclusive pre-publication taste of poker, beef jerky and death (well, hopefully not death, but I’m definitely down with beef jerky), I’ll also be doing a Twitter chat with Whitehead on Tuesday morning over at @nprbooks — stay tuned for details!
And in the meantime, check out our coverage of his previous books here.
The finished copies of Cutting Teeth are beautiful (naked and clothed).
Today is Operation Teen Book Drop 2014 and we will be leaving copies of our 2013 YPL #NBAwards-honored books in various locations throughout NYC. Look out for more #instagrams throughout the day of our books waiting for their new owners! @readergirlz #rockthedrop !!! #teens #books #teenlit #YA #NBAwards #coolfreestuff
Robert Penn Warren, who won the 1958 #NBAward for #Poetry, was also the nation’s first Poet Laureate, an annual appointment by the #Librarian of the U.S. Congress to raise appreciation of the writing and reading of #poetry. After receiving the #NBAward, Warren published an excerpt of his acceptance speech in the Saturday Review in an essay titled “Formula for a Poem.” Warren wrote: “Making a poem is, for the writer, a way of trying to understand experience…” On our blog dedicated to #NBAward-Winning Poets , author Kiki Petrosino writes that Warren’s #NBAward-Winning collection, Promises, “is a magnetic collection that shows us what can happen when a poet is minutely, joyfully attentive to subject. Indeed, Warren teaches us that issues of ‘what’ can be just as crucial as ‘whom.’”
Liev Schreiber, Jaden Smith to Star in The Good Lord Bird
From our friends at NYMag's Vulture:
That was fast! Your 2013 National Book Award winner is already getting its film adaptation: Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith are both attached to The Good Lord Bird, based on the novel by James McBride. Schreiber will play John Brown, the famed abolitionist, to Smith’s Henry, a young slave whom Brown mistakes for a girl. Listen carefully, and you can hear Will Smith screaming “The patterns are working!” all the way from L.A. (via Schreiber, Jaden Smith to Star in Good Lord Bird — Vulture)
"I live in music. It is where my poems begin," said Terrance Hayes of his 2010 #NBAward-Winning #Poetry collection Lighthead. Jan Jelinek, Marvin Gaye, Fine Young Cannibals, Madlib, and even Orpheus, the mythic son of the Greek God Apollo, lend their artistic invention to Hayes’s daring rewiring of poetic form. On our blog dedicated to #NBAPoets, poet and critic Katie Peterson observes that Hayes’s “intense, unpredictable voice” pulls together these wide-ranging influences to pursue pressing concerns of a life lived, as Hayes writes, “out on a limb” and as well as how to survive when you’re “carrying the whimper/you can hear when the mouth is collapsed?” Hayes’s answer, Peterson writes, “is a poet’s answer: you fall in love with a word, you create a myth of heroism, you keep singing.” #NBAPoets #NBAwards #NationalPoetryMonth
It’s the third week of #NationalPoetryMonth and the first night of #Passover. To celebrate, we revisit our 1974 #NBAwards #Poetry Winners Adrienne Rich and Allen Ginsberg, two of modern America’s most revered #Jewish poets who coincidentally shared the #NBAward that year. Ginsberg’s acceptance speech was delivered by his partner Peter Orlovsky and its fiery polemics reinforced the political thematics of Ginsberg’s Award-Winning collection The Fall of America: “There is no longer any hope for the Salvation of America proclaimed by Jack Kerouac and others of our Beat Generation, aware and howling, weeping and singing Kaddish for the nation decades ago, ‘rejected yet confessing out the soul.’ All we have to work from now is the vast empty quiet space of our own Consciousness. AH! AH! AH!”
Adrienne Rich delivered her own manifesto to the Ceremony attendees when she took the stage with fellow Finalist Audre Lord and made the pronouncement: “We symbolically join together in refusing the terms of patriarchal competition and declaring that we will share this prize among us, to be used as best we can for women.” On our blog dedicated to the Winners of the #NBAward for #Poetry, Evie Schockley observes that Rich’s poetry “reminds us that this care-full attention to craft was never in opposition to care-full attention to politics. The poet’s job is to see everything, if possible, and to use every tool at her disposal to record her observations. As she writes in From the Prison House: ‘Underneath my lids another eye has opened / … / its intent is clarity / it must forget / nothing.’” #NBAPoets
"Why History?" Historian David McCullough, Winner of two National Book Awards, asks and answers this critical question in this excerpt from his acceptance speech given for the 1996 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation.