Thewas given to by . Reed is a young poet living in St. Louis. Indecency is his first published collection; he had published a chapbook, , in 2016.
I saw the National Book Award announcement, but I didn’t realize the St. Louis connection. A couple of days after the announcement, the “good news” columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had a brief item about Reed being a poet living in St. Louis. Later, the book editor included a short note and the Associated Press story about the winners on her book blog.
A St. Louis poet, with strong connections to Washington University in St. Louis included an M.F.A. degree and a junior writer position wins the National Book Award for Poetry, and that’s how the local paper covers it? Go figure. At least Washington University issued two new releases,and one from . This past May, St. Louis Magazine did specifically about his new collection, and it’s filled with interesting ideas and discussion. ( ; he explains where the title of the collection came from.)
To continue reading, please see my post today at Tweetspeak Poetry.