Annal: 2003 Yale Younger Poets Prize

Results of the Yale Younger Poets Prize in the year 2003.

Book:The Cuckoo

The Cuckoo

Peter Streckfus

In this unforgettable, daring first collection, Peter Streckfus offers the reader poems of deep originality and astonishing power. Taking his inspiration from both American and Chinese culture, Streckfus seems an impossible combination of John Ashbery and Ezra Pound. In her Foreword, Glück praises Streckfus’s art for it “nonsense and mystery,” its “mesmerizing beauty” and “luminous high-mindedness.”

The Dung Pile
The varied voices of crows rose and fell. As I lay in the grass…
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