(Thanks to Caili Wilk for forwarding the press release!)
Alice Notley’s Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970-2005 (Wesleyan University Press) was chosen by poets David Baker, Mark McMorris and Marie Ponsot to receive the 2007 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, which awards $25,000 to the most outstanding book of poetry published the previous year (as decided by the Academy of American Poets).
Ponsot remarked of Notley’s winning title: “These poems give us thirty-five years of political, personal, death-defying engagement. The nature Notley most loves is human nature. That urban passion propels her speculative dramas of gender, class, and race; of Vietnam and Iraq; of schemes of power and the claims of art. Ardent and agile, she is willing to cry out, to drift, to stammer, so as to put every turn of language to her use. Her aim is to speak to everyone; her book shows her success.”
David Wojahn’s Interrogation Palace (University of Pittsburgh Press) was chosen as the finalist for the award.
I couldn’t find a link on their site, but I’m sure there will be more information forthcoming from the Academy of American Poets at www.poets.org.