Wednesday, November 28, 2007

African-American women received four of the most prestigious poetry prizes this year. The $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize went to Lucille Clifton, Natasha Trethewey received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Tracy K. Smith won the James Laughlin Award, and Elizabeth Alexander received the new $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize.

I wonder if poetry is to literature what jazz and blues are to music.


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