Annal: 2000 Walt Whitman Award

Results of the Walt Whitman Award in the year 2000.

Book:Radio, Radio

Radio, Radio: Poems

Ben Doyle

“These poems are rebellious, dangerous, ironic, unstable, and deliberate…. They brilliantly articulate the paradoxical, anticlimactic inconsistencies of our postmodern American landscape where, no matter what, ‘the news nine trafficopter hides overhead like a tricky god’.” —Susan Howe, from her judge’s citation

Radio, Radio, Ben Doyle’s first collection, is a book about gaps: between the transmitter and the desired, unimaginable receiver; between the prehistoric insect world and our fast-food, hot-wired culture; between words and what they just might mean. They meet us in the interstices between the moment just gone and the next one, with little agenda but to thrill, refresh, discomfit, and warn.

Doyle’s poems leap freely from sonnet to fragment to sestina to prose, searching for what they do not know. These are…[more]

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