Annal: 2011 Yale Younger Poets Prize

Results of the Yale Younger Poets Prize in the year 2011.

Book:Slow Lightning

Slow Lightning

Eduardo C. Corral

Seamlessly braiding English and Spanish, Corral’s poems hurtle across literary and linguistic borders toward a lyricism that slows down experience. He employs a range of forms and phrasing, bringing the vivid particulars of his experiences as a Chicano and gay man to the page. Although Corral’s topics are decidedly sobering, contest judge Carl Phillips observes, “one of the more surprising possibilities offered in these poems is joy.”

I’m a cowboy
      riding bareback
My soul is
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