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Susan Howe awarded Bollingen Prize

By Harriet Staff

From the Beinecke's site:

Susan Howe has been named the 2011 winner of Yale University’s Bollingen Prize in American Poetry.

Of Susan Howe’s most recent book, the three member judging committee said: “Susan Howe is a fierce elegist. That This, prompted by the sudden death of the poet’s husband, makes manifest the raw edges of elegy through the collision of verse and prose, visionary lyricism and mundane incident, ekphrasis, visual patterning, and the reclamation of historical documents. The book culminates in a set of luminous and starkly condensed lyrics moving increasingly toward silence.”

Originally Published: February 25th, 2011