Thursday night, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize nominees were announced . . . in New York. The poetry finalists are:

• Erin Belieu for Black Box (Copper Canyon Press)
• Adrian C. Louis for Logorrhea (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press)
• Thom Satterlee for Burning Wyclif (Texas Tech University Press)
• Frederick Seidel for Ooga-Booga (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
• Michael Waters for Darling Vulgarity (BOA Editions)

Ooga-Booga (also nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award) makes us ask this trivia question: Name another poetry collection in which the second word differs from the first by only one letter (either one more, one less, or one different).

Originally Published: March 4th, 2007

Ed Park is the author of the novel Personal Days (Random House, 2008) and a founding editor of The Believer. His work most recently appears in Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book (Da Capo). He blogs at The Dizzies.

  1. March 5, 2007
     Blanche DooBwah

    Though it's not yet published, Sabrina Orah Mark's next book is titled "Tsim Tsum." What do I win?

  2. March 5, 2007
     Evie Shockley

    Tim Seibles has a hilarious book called *Hurdy-Gurdy* -- is that the one you're thinking of?

  3. March 5, 2007

    Here's the easy answer: MacLeish's verse play J.B., which won the 1959 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Blam.