Congratulations to the fantastic poets in the running for this year's National Book Award! The finalists for the 2012 Award for Poetry are:

Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations by David Ferry
Heavenly Bodies by Cynthia Huntington
Fast Animal by Tim Seibles
Night of the Republic by Alan Shapiro
Meme by Susan Wheeler

Head over to The Millions for the finalists in other categories and excerpts of the authors' work.