The National Book Awards Longlist: Poetry – The New Yorker

Hilton Als recently described “Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016” as
the culmination of a distinguished career and a poetic ur-text about how homophobia, doubt, and a parent’s
confusing love can shape a gay child.” The book is now also Frank Bidart’s
fifth collection to be longlisted for the National Book Award. Bidart
has been contributing poetry to The New Yorker since 1997, the same
year that the magazine first published Marie Howe, who is also up for
the award. This is Howe’s first time being long-listed.

The list also includes three début collections, by Chen Chen, Layli Long Soldier, and Mai Der Vang, whose “stringent vision of verbal beauty” Dan Chiasson wrote about earlier this year.

The full list is below.

Frank Bidart, “Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016
Farrar, Straus & Giroux / Macmillan

Chen Chen, “When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities
BOA Editions

Leslie Harrison, “The Book of Endings
University of Akron Press

Marie Howe, “Magdalene
W. W. Norton & Company

Laura Kasischke, “Where Now: New and Selected Poems
Copper Canyon Press

Layli Long Soldier, “Whereas
Graywolf Press

Shane McCrae, “In the Language of My Captor
Wesleyan University Press

Sherod Santos, “Square Inch Hours
W. W. Norton & Company

Danez Smith, “Don’t Call Us Dead
Graywolf Press

Mai Der Vang, “Afterland
Graywolf Press

The judges for the category this year are Gregory Pardlo, the winner of
the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for poetry; Jane Mead, whose book “World of Made
and Unmade” was longlisted for the National Book Award; Nick Flynn, a
former Guggenheim fellow and a writer of poetry and nonfiction; Monica
Youn, whose books “Blackacre” and “Ignatz” were contenders for the
National Book Award; and Richard Siken, whose book “Crush” won the Yale
Series of Younger Poets prize.

National Book Awards finalists will be announced on October 4th, and
winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York on November 15th.

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