Gregory Pardlo



Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Nominee for the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award

Finalist for Foreword Reviews‘ 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in Poetry

Nominated for the 46th NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry

paper • 76 pages • $15.95 

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From Epicurus to Sam Cooke, the Daily News to RootsDigest draws from the present and the past to form an intellectual, American identity. In poems that forge their own styles and strategies, we experience dialogues between the written word and other art forms. Within this dialogue we hear Ben Jonson, we meet police K-9s, and we find children negotiating a sense of the world through a father's eyes and through their own.

“Gregory Pardlo renders history just as clearly and palpably as he renders New York City, or Copenhagen, or his native New Jersey. But mostly what he renders is America, with its intractable conundrums and its clashing iconographies. With lines that balance poise and a jam-packed visceral music, and images that glimmer and seethe together like a conflagration, these poems are a showcase for Pardlo’s ample and agile mind, his courageous social conscience, and his mighty voice.” —Tracy K. Smith  {read other reviews}

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