A masterfully curated collection, drawn from a century of works in the acclaimed Yale Series of Younger Poets
The Yale Younger Poets prize is the oldest annual literary award in the United States. Its winners include some of the most influential voices in American poetry, including Adrienne Rich, John Ashbery, Margaret Walker, Carolyn Forché, and Robert Hass.
In celebration of the prize’s centennial, this collection presents three selections from each Younger Poets volume. It serves as both a testament to the enduring power and significance of poetic expression and an exploration of the ways poetry has evolved over the past century. In addition to judiciously assembling this wide-ranging anthology, Carl Phillips provides an introduction to the history and impact of the Yale Younger Poets prize and its winners in the wider context of American poetry, including the evolving roles of race, gender, and sexual orientation.
Carl Phillips is professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis and served as judge of the Yale Series of Younger Poets from 2010 to 2020. His own books of poetry include Wild Is the Wind and Pale Colors in a Tall Field. In 2023 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Then the War: And Selected Poems, 2007–2020.
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