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National Book Critics Circle Finalists Announced

Came across the finalists for the 2007 National Book Critics Circle finalists for poetry titles in the PublishesLunch Deluxe newsletter. As reported in the newsletter, they are:

* Elegy, by Mary Jo Bang (Graywolf)
* Modern Life, by Matthea Harvey (Graywolf)
* Sleeping and Walking, by Michael O'Brien (Flood)
* The Ballad of Jamie Allan, by Tom Pickard (Flood)
* New Poems, by Tadeusz Rozewicz (Archipelago)

So, if you're looking for some new poetry to read, these might fit your needs.

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Also, here are some related links and stories on the finalists:

* "National Book Critics Circle Awards announced at City Lights," by Chronicle Staff Report from the San Francisco Chronicle

* "The 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists," from Critical Mass

* "Joyce Carol Oates leads National Book Critics Circle finalists," by AP from CNN.com

* Review of Elegy by Aaron Belz from STLtoday.com

* Review of Modern Life by Sarah Marine from The Inside Flap

* Review of Sleeping and Walking by Josh Weinstein from Art Voice 

* Review of The Ballad of Jamie Allen by Ange Mlinko from Poetry Foundation

* Review of New Poems by Elizabeth Wadell from The Quarterly Conversation

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Should also be noted that New Poems, by Tadeusz Rozewicz, was translated by Bill Johnston--so kudos should be sent his way as well for doing a fine translation.

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