Poetry Longlist Revealed for the National Book Award

By Jason Boog Comment

The National Book Foundation has revealed its first ever Poetry longlist for the National Book Award.

Below, we’ve listed all the books longlist, including a free sample (if available). The finalists will be announced on October 16. Yesterday, we linked to free samples of all the books on the Young People’s Literature longlist. Here’s more from the release:

Nine of the ten authors are receiving National Book Award recognition for the first time. The selection includes many of the country’s preeminent writers of contemporary poetry and one emerging voice, whose first published collection has already received significant acclaim.

Poetry Award Longlist 

Frank Bidart, Metaphysical Dog (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Roger Bonair-Agard, Bury My Clothes (Haymarket Books)

Lucie Brock-Broido, Stay, Illusion (Alfred A. Knopf)

Andrei Codrescu, So Recently Rent a World, New and Selected Poems: 1968-2012 (Coffee House Press)

Brenda Hillman, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (Wesleyan University Press)

Adrian Matejka, The Big Smoke (Penguin Poets/Penguin Group USA)

Diane Raptosh, American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press)

Matt Rasmussen, Black Aperture (Louisiana State University Press)

Martha Ronk, Transfer of Qualities (Omnidawn Publishing)

Mary Szybist, Incarnadine: Poems (Graywolf Press)