|Jorie Graham, the winner of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry. |
The award, presented by the Library of Congress, comes with $10,000
Jorie Graham Wins Bobbitt Poetry Prize
Ms. Graham wrote the work while undergoing cancer treatment, and that experience comes across in the pages. (One of the poems is titled “From Inside the MRI.”)
In his review for The New York Times, Adam Fitzgerald called the collection an “autopsy of self and nation in the face of overwhelming loss.” He added: “‘Fast’ is a great book about the nature of social life in the 21st century, a book in which past and future unfold in ‘every cell’ across the vast space of a few words.”
Ms. Graham is the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. She received a MacArthur “genius” grant in 1990 and has since published several poetry collections, including “From the New World: Poems 1976-2014,” “Place” and “The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994,” which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1996.
THE NEW YORK TIMES