National Book Critics Circle Finalists Announced

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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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