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AND THE WINNER IS…. r. erica doyle’s Proxy Wins Norma Farber First Book Award!
Here’s what this year’s judge, Maggie Nelson, said:
r. erica doyle’s proxy shocked me with its goodness upon first read, and that shock has stayed preeminently fresh every time I revisited its pages. The prose poems of proxy are crystalline per each, but together they constitute a sort of erotic page-turner, in which the stakes are none other than the capacities of the human heart (its want, its mess, its deceptions, its bright shames, its fever to be known); the experience of inhabiting a propulsive human body, through all its proprioceptions, phantasms, and smash-ups with others; and the relation of language to each, how to get it down. But doyle does more than get it down.
The Norma Farber First Book Award includes an honorarium of $500. Previous winners include Kate Colby, John Beer, and Nick Twemlow. Created by the family and friends of Norma Farber, a poet and author of children’s books, the award is given annually to “a first book of original poetry written by an American.”