T. S. Eliot Prize
New Odyssey Series
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Winner of the 2001 T. S. Eliot Prize. An account of travel and a collection of ecstatic lyrics, these poems excavate an idea of place, one layered deep for the poet and archaeologist to discover.
This prize-winning collection is rigorous, experimental, and intimate.
|The Empty Boat||
Winner of the 2004 T. S. Eliot Prize. In finely wrought, image-driven poems, The Empty Boat explores the spiritual and aesthetic dimensions of the human relationship to the natural world, asking how nature speaks to us and what wisdom and solace it may offer the tragic aspects of our lives.
Winner of the 2003 T. S. Eliot Prize. Erotic Distance explores our most intimate relationships and private lives in language that is at once painterly, sensual, and exacting.
Winner of the 2002 T. S. Eliot Prize. With an easy shift of identities, Gurley gives us dramatic dialogues of obscure or well-known voices—naturalists, ornithologists, nutritionists, photographers, painters—convincing demonstrations of the best kind of literary empathy.
|Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg||
Winner of the 2007 T. S. Eliot Prize. Carol V. Davis is the granddaughter of Jewish immigrants from Russia. Her fascination with Russia, aided by a Fulbright grant, drew her to St. Petersburg in the mid 1990s.
|The Miniature Room||
Winner of the 2006 T. S. Eliot Prize. With tender probing and tight, expressive language, The Miniature Room explores the grace and power of the miniscule as it exists within an infinite universe.
Winner of the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize. A road trip novel-in-verse, Mutiny Gallery follows a mother and son on an exuberant cross-country journey to outposts of Americana.
|my maiden cowboy names||
Winner of the 2008 T. S. Eliot Prize. Victoria Brockmeier composes a mosaic of storytelling, myths, and feminist ideas in her award-winning collection of poems, my maiden cowboy names.
Winner of the 2009 T. S. Eliot Prize. This collection of poems examines the damaged lives of society’s lost and marginalized using myth and fairy tale as an ironic lens.
Winner of the 2000 T. S. Eliot Prize. In his second book of poetry, H. L. Hix uses two contrasting poetic sequences.
|Red Beans and Ricely Yours||
Winner of the 2005 T. S. Eliot Prize. These narrative poems celebrate the day-to-day lives of Black New Orleans and the rare magic in the culture.
—Ishmael Reed, 2005 T. S. Eliot Prize judge
|The Rose Inside||
Winner of the 1999 T. S. Eliot Prize. The Rose Inside is a collection of poems where the outsider longs to get inside and those trapped inside look out. The art guides one to a place beyond dualities to fully participate in the good work of love, separation, and death.
—Mary Oliver, 1999 T. S. Eliot judge
Winner of the 2012 T. S. Eliot Prize. This prize-winning collection guides readers through the working-class neighborhood of Kensington, not as tourists or passersby, but as open-eyed observers of the visceral and unique spirit of the locales and its inhabitants.
—Sandra McPherson, 2012 T. S. Eliot Prize judge
Winner of the 1997 T. S. Eliot Prize. A unique collection of uncompromising poetic portraits written in the tradition of Masters, Robinson, and the verse portraits of Pound and Eliot.
—The Hudson Review
|Where Horizons Go||
Winner of the 1998 T. S. Eliot Prize. Where Horizons Go bridges the sometimes vast distances between the personal and the impersonal, the transitory and the permanent, the imagined and the real, the internal and the external, the self and the other.
|Works & Days||
Winner of the 2010 T. S. Eliot Prize. Emotionally and intellectually engaging, Dean Rader’s debut collection of poetry undertakes provocative questions about identity in original, ambitious, and playful ways.