Annal: 1998 Yale Younger Poets Prize

Results of the Yale Younger Poets Prize in the year 1998.

Book:Shells

Shells

Craig Arnold

Arnold plays on the idea of the shell as both the dazzling surface of the self and a hard case that wards off the assaults of the world. His poems narrate a dizzying array of amatory and culinary misadventures. “Friendships based on food,” Arnold writes, “are rarely stable”—this book is full of wildly unstable and bewitching friendships and other significant relations.

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