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Thursday, May 10, 2007 10:48 am
Lucille Clifton Wins the Ruth Lilly
Posted by: Keir Graff

Lucille Clifton has won the 2007 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The Poetry Foundation site has some good links — actual poems and an interview, too. For those who don’t follow the glitzy poetry scene, the Ruth Lilly “honors a living U.S. poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition.” Furthermore:

Established in 1986 and presented annually by the Poetry Foundation, the award is one of the most prestigious given to American poets, and at $100,000 it is one of the nation’s largest literary honors.

If you ask me, a poetry award needs to hand out $100k before it’s even taken seriously.

Links to reviews of Clifton’s work? Check.

Mercy. 2004. BOA, $22 (1-929918-54-2).

Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000. 2000. BOA, hardcover, $25 (1-880238-87-X).

The Terrible Stories. 1996. BOA, $20 (1-88023-836-5).

The Book of Light. 1993. Copper Canyon, $21 (1-55659-051-2).




3 Responses to “Lucille Clifton Wins the Ruth Lilly”
  1. Likely Stories » Blog Archive » Adichie Wins the Orange Says:

    [...] And not just a piece of fruit, either. Her book, Half of a Yellow Sun, has won the Orange Prize, and with it, about $60,000 (presumably because of the poetic nature of her prose). From Reuters, via the New York Times (”Nigerian Author Wins Top Women’s Fiction Prize“): LONDON (Reuters) – Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie landed the Orange Prize on Wednesday, one of the literary world’s top awards given to women writers, for a novel set in the 1960s Biafran civil war. [...]

  2. Likely Stories » Blog Archive » British Poets Need Our Pennies Says:

    [...] That’s their richest poetry prize? Even considering the strength of the pound against the dollar, we Yanks have them beat by a mile. And they say we don’t appreciate culture. [...]

  3. Book Blog - Likely Stories, by Keir Graff - Booklist Online » Blog Archive » Batuman, Braunstein, Ekiss, Garcia, Grotz, and Goddard Jones Win Jaffes Says:

    [...] It’s not the mad bank that the strictly poetry awards hand out, but $25K will buy anyone a lot of writing time. [...]

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