2006 in poetry

2006 in poetry

in?=in poetry
in2?=in literature
cp=20th century
c=21st century
cf=22nd century



*French public notary Patrick Huet unveils "Pieces of Hope to the Echo of the World" in Lyon. It is reportedly the longest modern hand-written poem in the world.
* March 29 — Grolier Poetry Bookstore is sold.
* "BLATT", an English-language literary magazine and publishing imprint is started in Prague, Czech Republic.
* May — The Poetry Out Loud recitation contest is created this year by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation to increase awareness in the art of performing poetry, with a top prize a $20,000 scholarship. State finalists performed in Washington D.C. during the second week of May.
* November 1 — A Sylvia Plath sonnet from her college years was discovered and first published by "Blackbird", an online literary journal run by the English Department at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
* November — The most influential American poets of all time are Walt Whitman, T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, and Sylvia Plath, according to Christian Wiman, editor of "Poetry Magazine". Wiman named the poets in a sidebar article to a December "The Atlantic Monthly" cover story about the "100 Most Influential Americans" — no poet made it on that larger list. [Wiman, Christian, "An Expert's Opinion: Influential Poets", "The Atlantic Monthly", December 2006, released in November, page 75]
* November 10 — A new series, "The Best of Irish Poetry" was launched by Southword Editions in Ireland with the 80-page "The Best of Irish Poetry 2007" The project is under the direction of Patrick Cotter, with Colm Breathnach as Irish-language editor and Maurice Riordan as English-language (or Hiberno-English) editor. "Quite often readers abroad are presented with a selection of Irish poets restricted to those who are first published in the USA or the UK," Cotter wrote. "This annual series will present a more general selection generated by more informed pundits." [ [http://ireland.poetryinternationalweb.org/piw_cms/cms/cms_module/index.php?obj_id=8188&x=1] "New Irish Anthology Series Launched", post dated December 1, 2006 at the Poetry International Web site, accessed December 18, 2006]

Works published in English

Listed by nation where the work was first published and again by the poet's native land, if different; substantially revised works listed separately:


* Robert Adamson "The Goldfinches of Baghdad"
* Robert Gray, "Nameless Earth"
* Jennifer Harrison: "Folly & Grief" (Black Pepper) ISBN 1876044454
* Chris Mansell, "Love poems" (Kardoorair, Armidale)
* Les Murray, "The Biplane Houses" (Black Inc.), ISBN 1863952144
* Dorothy Porter, "The Best Australian Poems 2006" (Black, Inc.), ISBN 1863952624
* Chris Wallace-Crabbe, "Then"


* Margaret Avison, "Momentary Dark"
* George Elliott Clarke, "Black". Vancouver: Polestar, ISBN 1551929031
* Don McKay:
** "Strike/Slip" winner of the 2007 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize [ [http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2007/06/07/mckay-griffin-poetry.html] "Celebrated Canadian poet Don McKay wins $50,000 Griffin Prize" Canadian Press article, at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Web site, June 7, 2007 accessed October 8, 2007] and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize
** "Field Marks: The Poetry of Don McKay" edited by Méira Cook
* Michael Ondaatje, "The Story", Toronto: House of Anansi, ISBN 0887841945Web page titled [http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poet.html?id=5142 "Archive: Michael Ondaatje (1943- )"] at the Poetry Foundation website, accessed May 7, 2008]

New Zealand

* Glenn Colquhoun, "Playing God"
* Cilla McQueen, "A Wind Harp" (compact disc) [ [http://www.library.auckland.ac.nz/subjects/nzp/nzlit2/mcqueen.htm Cilla McQueen - NZ Literature File - LEARN - The University Of Auckland Library ] ]
* Alison Wong, "Cup", Publisher: Steele Roberts

Poets in "Best New Zealand Poems"

Poems from these 25 poets were selected by Andrew Johnston for "Best New Zealand Poems 2005", published online this year:

* Michele Amas
* Angela Andrews
* Stu Bagby
* Jenny Bornholdt
* James Brown
* Janet Charman
* Geoff Cochrane
* Mary Cresswell
* Wystan Curnow
* Stephanie de Montalk
* Fiona Farrell
* Bernadette Hall
* Anne Kennedy
* Michele Leggott
* Anna Livesey
* Karlo Mila
* James Norcliffe
* Gregory O'Brien
* Vivienne Plumb
* Anna Smaill
* Elizabeth Smither
* Robert Sullivan
*Brian Turner
* Ian Wedde
* Sonja Yelich

=United Kingdom=

* Carol Ann Duffy and Jane Ray, "The Lost Happy Endings", Penguin
* James Fenton:
** "Selected Poems (2006) Penguin [http://www.jamesfenton.com/books/] Web page titled "Books by Fenton" at the James Fenton Web site, accessed October 11, 2007]
** Editor, "The New Faber Book of Love Poems" (anthology)
* John Haynes, "Letter to Patience", a book-length poem in iambic pentameter, winner of the Costa Book Award
* Seamus Heaney, "District and Circle", Faber & Faber
*Allison Hedge Coke - "Blood Run" Salt Publications
* Geoffrey Hill: "Without Title"
* Derek Mahon, "Adaptations" (A collection of versions, rather than translations proper, from poets such as Pasolini, Juvenal, Bertolt Brecht, Valery, Baudelaire, Rilke, and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.) Gallery Press
* Sean O'Brien, "Inferno: a verse version of Dante's Inferno" (Picador)
* Robin Robertson, "Swithering", winner of the 2006 Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize
* Claire Tomalin, "Thomas Hardy", Penguin Press, one of the "New York Times" "100 Notable Books of the Year" for 2007 (biography)
* Hugo Williams, "Dear Room", (Faber and Faber)

Poets included in "New Writing 14"

This book of British writing (Granta, ISBN 1-86207-850-5), edited by Lavinia Greenlaw and Helon Habila, contains short stories, essays and excerpts of novels in addition to poems by these poets:
*Carrie Etter
*Iain Galbraith
*Chenjerai Hove
*Stephen Knight
*Frances Leviston
*Carola Luther
*Jamie McKendrick
*David Morley
*Paul Muldoon
*Blessing Musariri
*Sean O'Brien
*Don Paterson
*Paul Perry
*Greta Stoddart
*Eoghan Walls

United States

* A. R. Ammons, "Selected Poems", American Poets Project of the Library of America; distributed by Penguin Putnam, posthumous
* Robin Becker, "Domain of Perfect Affection", Pittsburgh University Press
* Elizabeth Bishop, "Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments", Alice Quinn, editor (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) posthumous
* Charles Bukowski, "Come On In!: New Poems" (Ecco)
* Hayden Carruth, "Toward the Distant Islands: New and Selected Poems", Copper Canyon Press, edited by Sam Hamill
* Hart Crane, "Hart Crane: Complete Poems and Selected Letters", edited by Langdon Hammer, Library of America (posthumous)
* Robert Creeley, "On Earth: Last Poems and an Essay" (University of California Press)
* Dick Davis, "Trick of Sunlight", Swallow Press
* Michael Dumanis and Cate Marvin, Editors, "Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century" (Sarabande Books)
* Daisy Fried, "My Brother Is Getting Arrested Again" (University of Pittsburgh Press), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry
* Jack Gilbert:
** "Tough Heaven: Poems of Pittsburgh"
** "Transgressions: Selected Poems"
* Allen Ginsberg, "Collected Poems, 1947-1997" (posthumous), one of the "New York Times" "100 Notable Books of the Year", an expanded edition of the 1984 "Collected Poems, 1947-1980"
* Jesse Glass, "The Passion of Phineas Gage and Selected Poems" (West House/Ahadada)
* Eugene Gloria, "Hoodlum Birds", Penguin
* Louise Glück, "Averno" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), one of the "New York Times" "100 Notable Books of the Year"
* Linda Gregg, "In the Middle Distance", Graywolf
* Donald Hall, "White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946-2006" (Houghton Mifflin)
* Suheir Hammad, "ZataarDiva", book and CD (Cypher/Rattapallax)
* Jim Harrison, "Saving Daylight" (Copper Canyon Press) ISBN 1-55659-235-3
* Seamus Heaney, "District and Circle", Farrar Straus & Giroux
*Allison Hedge Coke - "Blood Run"US edition
* George Heym, "Poems" (Northwestern University Press, translated from German by Antony Hasler
* Jeffrey Harrison, "Incomplete Knowledge", Four Way Books
* Jane Hirshfield, "After: Poems", (HarperCollins), named as one of the best books of the year by "The Washington Post"
* Paul Hoover, "Edge and Fold" (Apogee Press)
* Frieda Hughes, "Forty-Five (HarperCollins)
* Troy Jollimore, "Tom Thomson in Purgatory" (MARGIE/Intuit House), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry
* Patricia Spears Jones, "Femme du Monde: Poems", (Tia Chucha Press)
* Mary Karr, "Sinners Welcome: Poems" (HarperCollins)
* Ariana-Sophia M. Kartsonis, "Intaglio", Kent State
* Galway Kinnell, "Strong Is Your Hold" (Houghton Mifflin Books), the poet's first collection of new poems in more than a decade, one of the "New York Times" "100 Notable Books of the Year"
* Thomas Kinsella, "Collected Poems: 1956–2001", Wake Forest
* Kei Miller, "Kingdom of Empty Bellies", Jamaican poet published in the United States:
* Hannah Nijinsky and John Most, "Persephone" (AQP Collective)
* Alice Notley, "Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970-2005" (Wesleyan University Press)
* Mary Oliver, "Thirst" (Beacon Press)
* Carl Phillips, "Riding Westward", New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
* Ishmael Reed, "New and Collected Poems, 1964-2006", one of the "New York Times" "100 Notable Books of the Year"
* Lisa Robertson, "The Men: A Lyric Book" (BookThug) ISBN 0973974257
* Theodore Roethke, "Straw for the Fire: From the Notebooks of Theodore Roethke", compiled by David Wagoner from "277 spiral notebooks of poetry fragments, aphorisms, jokes, memos, journal entries, random phrases, bits of dialog, commentary, and fugitive miscellany", Copper Canyon Press, ISBN 1556592485 (posthumous) [Web page titled [http://www.coppercanyonpress.org/500_news_and_events/530_forthcoming/forthcoming.cfm# "Theodore Roethke / Straf for the Fire"] at Copper Canyon Press website, accessed April 20, 2008]
* Miltos Sachtouris, "Poems (1945 - 1971)", bilingual edition, Greek with English translation by Karen Emmerich (Archipelago Books), finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry
* Frederick Seidel, "Ooga-Booga", (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry
* Julie Sheehan, "Orient Point: Poems", (W.W. Norton & Co.)
* Patricia Smith, "Teahouse of the Almighty: Poems", selected by Ed Sanders (Coffee House Press, 2006)
* W.D. Snodgrass, "Not For Specialists, New and Selected Poems", (BOA Editions, Ltd.), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry
* Mark Strand, "Man and Camel" (Alfred A. Knopf)
* Rosmarie Waldrop:
** "Splitting Image" (Zasterle)
** "Curves to the Apple" (New Directions)
* Alicia E. Vasquez, "1719 Union St." (Wasteland Press)
* Eliot Weinberger, "Muhammed", (Verso, W.W. Norton & Co.)
* Dara Wier, "Remnants of Hannah", Wave Books
* Jack Wiler, "Fun Being Me: Poems" (CavanKerry Press, Ltd.)
* George Witte, "The Apparitioners", Three Rail Press
* Charles Wright, "Scar Tissue", (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
* Franz Wright, "God's Silence" (Alfred A. Knopf)
* Robert Wrigley, "Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems", Penguin
* Louis Zukofsky, "Selected Poems", American Poets Project of the Library of America, distributed by Penguin Putnam; posthumous

Anthologies in the United States

* Harold Bloom and Jesse Zuba, editors, "American Religious Poems: An Anthology", Library of America
* Michael Hofmann, editor, "Twentieth-Century German Poetry: An Anthology" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
* Joy Katz and Kevin Prufer, editors, "Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems", 76 poems, each selected by a poet who was asked to provide an "unknown or underappreciated poem written by anyone, in any language, from any era", along with a brief essay by the selecting poet about the poem each chose; Illinois University Press
* Jeb Livingood, series editor; Eric Pankey, editor, "Best New Poets 2006: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers", Samovar

Poets included in "The Best American Poetry 2006"

Poets included in "The Best American Poetry 2006", edited by David Lehman, co-edited this year by Billy Collins:
*Kim Addonizio
*Dick Allen
*Craig Arnold
*John Ashbery
*Jesse Ball
*Krista Benjamin
*Ilya Bernstein
*Gaylord Brewer
*Tom Christopher
*Laura Cronk
*Carl Dennis
*Stephen Dobyns
*Denise Duhamel
*Stephen Dunn
*Beth Ann Fennelly
*Megan Gannon
*Amy Gerstler
*Sarah Gorham
*George Green
*Debora Greger
*Eamon Grennan
*Daniel Gutstein
*R. S. Gwynn
*Rachel Hadas
*Mark Halliday
*Jim Harrison
*Robert Hass
*Christian Hawkey
*Terrance Hayes
*Bob Hicok
*Katia Kapovich
*Laura Kasischke
*Joy Katz
*David Kirby
*Jennifer L. Knox
*Ron Koertge
*John Koethe
*Mark Kraushaar
*Julie Larios
*Dorianne Laux
*Reb Livingston
*Thomas Lux
*Paul Muldoon
*Marilyn Nelson
*Richard Newman
*Mary Oliver
*Danielle Pafunda
*Mark Pawlak
*Bao Phi
*Donald Platt
*Lawrence Raab
*Betsy Retallack
*Liz Rosenberg
*J. Allyn Rosser
*Kay Ryan
*Mary Jo Salter
*Vejay Sheshadri
*Alan Shapiro
*Charles Simic
*Gerald Stern
*James Tate
*Sue Ellen Thompson
*Tony Towle
*Alison Townsend
*Paul Violi
*Ellen Bryant Voigt
*David Wagoner
*Charles Harper Webb
*C. K. Williams
*Terence Winch
*Susan Wood
*Franz Wright
*Robert Wrigley
*David Yezzi
*Dean Young

Criticism, scholarship and biography in the United States

* Jason Shinder, editor, "“The Poem That Changed America: 'Howl' Fifty Years Later", essays on Allen Ginsberg's poem, Farrar, Straus & Giroux


* Chandrashekhar Bhattacharya, "Tomake Ebong Tomake: Poems " (Manaswini Publication), Bangladesh
* Mohit.K.Misra, "Ponder Awhile" Booksurge Publishers

Awards and honors

* Nobel Prize in Literature: Orhan Pamuk, Turkey


* C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry:
* Dinny O'Hearn Poetry Prize: "Friendly Fire" by Jennifer Maiden
* Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry:


* Atlantic Poetry Prize: Jenny MacDougall
* Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate: John Steffler (until December 3, 2008)

* Griffin Poetry Prize (Canada): Sylvia Legris, "Nerve Squall"
* Griffin Poetry Prize (International, in the English Language): Kamau Brathwaite, "Born to Slow Horses"
* Pat Lowther Award: Sylvia Legris, "Nerve Squall"
* Prix Alain-Grandbois: Fernand Ouellette
* Shaunt Basmajian Chapbook Award: Kate Marshall Flaherty, "Unfathom", ISBN 978-1-55253-065-8

New Zealand

* Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement:
* Montana New Zealand Book Awards (poetry category): Bill Manhire, "Lifted", Victoria University Press

=United Kingdom=

* Forward Poetry Prize Best Collection: Robin Robertson for "Swithering".
* Forward Poetry Prize Best First Collection: Tishani Doshi, for "Countries of the Body."
* Forward Poetry Prize Best Single Poem: Sean O'Brien, for "Fantasia on a Theme of James Wright".
* T. S. Eliot Prize (United Kingdom and Ireland): Seamus Heaney, for "District and Circle"
* Costa Book Awards (formerly Whitbread Award) for poetry: John Haynes for "Letter to Patience"
* Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: Fleur Adcock

United States

* American Academy of Arts and Letters: poets Paul Auster and Frank Bidart elected to the Literature Department
* Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress: Donald Hall appointed
* Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Awards: Moira Linehan, "If No Moon"
* James Laughlin Award for poetry: Tracy K. Smith
* National Book Award for poetry: Nathaniel Mackey, "Splay Anthem", New Directions
**Finalists: Louise Glück, "Averno", Farrar, Straus & Giroux; H.L. Hix, "Chromatic", Etruscan Press; Ben Lerner, "Angle of Yaw", Copper Canyon Press; James McMichael, "Capacity", Farrar, Straus & Giroux
* National Poetry Review Book Prize: Bryan Penberthy, "Lucktown".
* Poets' Prize: Catherine Tufariello, "Keeping My Name"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (United States): Claudia Emerson, "Late Wife"
* Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award: John Hollander
* Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize: Richard Wilbur
* Whiting Writers' Award (poetry winners): Sherwin Bitsui, Tyehimba Jess, Suji Kwock Kim
* Wallace Stevens Award: Michael Palmer
* Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition: Jessica Fisher, "Frail-Craft"; Judge: Louise Glück
* Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets: Carl Phillips

From the Poetry Society of America

* Frost Medal: Maxine Kumin
* Shelley Memorial Award: George Stanley (poet), Judges: Sonia Sanchez, Joshua Clover
* Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson Award: Nicole Cooley, "The Anatomical Museum", Judge: Gerald Stern
* Cecil Hemley Memorial Award: Rusty Morrison, "Sky Clutches Any Strong Beat", Judge: Cal Bedient
*Lanan Literary Award for Poetry: Bruce Weigl
* Lyric Poetry Award: Alice Jones, "Valle D'Aosta", Judge: Toi Derricotte
* Lucille Medwick Memorial Award: Lynne Knight, "Recovery", Judge: Grace Schulman
** Finalists: Amy Dryansky, "Somewhere Honey from Those Bees"; J.C. Todd, "What's Left";
* Alice Fay di Castagnola Award (for a manuscript in progress): G.C. Waldrep, "Archicembalo",
** Finalists: John Isles, "The Arcadia Negotiations"; Wayne Miller, "The Book of Props"; Emily Rosko, "Weather Inventions"; Judge: Forrest Gander
* Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Student Poetry Award: Katherine Browning, "to discover the cartography of blankness", Judge: Prageeta Sharma
* George Bogin Memorial Award: Kevin Prufer
** Finalists: Susan Briante, Jill McDonough, Judge: Marie Howe
* Robert H. Winner Memorial Award: Daneen Wardrop, "Archicembalo", Judge: Jean Valentine
* Norma Farber First Book Award: Cammy Thomas, "Cathedral of Wish", Judge: Medbh McGuckian
* William Carlos Williams Award: Brenda Hillman, "Pieces of Air in the Epic", Judge: Marjorie Welish
** Finalists: Ethan Paquin, "The Violence" (Ahsahta Press); Aaron Shurin, "Involuntary Lyrics" (Omnidawn Press)


Notes and references

* [http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/timeline/] "A Timeline of English Poetry" Web page of the "Representative Poetry Online" Web site, University of Toronto

ee also

*List of poetry awards

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