Congratulations to this year's National Book Critic's Circle nominees in poetry--
This year's nominees include a number of exceptional titles. Devin Johnston's Sources was profiled in these pages a few months ago, and we have a poem from that striking and now deservedly acclaimed collection below. It's also interesting that Pierre Martory has landed a nomination with the collection The Landscapist (translated by John Ashbery). Martory (1920-1998) was a close friend of Ashbery's while the poet was living in France. In a quote excerpted on the back of the jacket, Ashbery writes that he realized that Martory's work would likely be forgotten unless he translated it and helped it reach a wider audience -- which he has now certainly accomplished.
Again, congratulations to all -- the official NBCC blog reports that "winners of all the awards will be announced on Thursday, March 12, 2009, at a ceremony held at the New School in New York."
Juan Felipe Herrera, Half the World in Light