Annal: 1998 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Results of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award in the year 1998.

Book:Falling Water

Falling Water: Poems

John Koethe

“As a poet who is a teacher of philosophy, John Koethe knows better than most of us the uses and dissatisfactions of both disciplines, if indeed they are disciplines. In this ravishing and haunted book he comes face to face with the time when ‘more than half my life is gone,’ and must try to find the meaning of ‘a childish/dream of love, and then the loss of love,/and all the intricate years between.’ As funny and fresh as it is tragic and undeceived, Falling Water ranks with Wallace Stevens’ Auroras of Autumn as one of the profoundest meditations on existence ever formulated by an American Poet.” —John Ashbery

“To describe with unpromising candor the inner life of a man adrift in the waning of the 20th century is one thing, but to do it without a shred of self-pity is another. The poems of his new book, Falling Water, are like no one else’s. In…[more]

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