The five finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry are, on the face of it, an eclectic group of poetry collections.
Published posthumously, Abide by Jake Adam York is a continuation of the poet’s project to memorialize the 126 people who died in the civil rights struggle between 1954 and 1968. Christian Wiman’s Once in the West has no title poem, instead, the book’s title is a recurring theme throughout the poems.
The next two finalists in our discussion series continue the eclectic characterization: Willie Perdomo’s The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon and Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones.
To continue reading, please see my post today at Tweetspeak Poetry.