A Several World by Brian Blanchfield wins the 2014 James Laughlin Award

A Several World by Brian Blanchfield
A Several World by Brian Blanchfield wins the 2014 James Laughlin Award

Congratulations to Brian Blanchfield, whose book A Several World, has been awarded the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets "to recognize a superior second book of poetry by an American poet." The judges were Lee Ann Brown, Tina Chang, and C.S. Giscombe.

Brian Blanchfield will be honored at the American Poets Prizes ceremony on Friday, October 17, at 7pm, at The New School in New York City. The event is free and open to the public. Read the Academy's press release here.

Here's the citation, written by Giscombe:

Robert Herrick wrote, “Here we are all, by day; by night we’re hurl’d / By dreams, each one into a several world.”  Where Herrick’s several is implicitly separate, Brian Blanchfield’s book examines and contests commonality. That is, A Several World unsettles the world—all and several alike—by reading its associations and memberships and public languages with an unnerving exactingness. And, for all that, it’s a very finely-ranging travelogue, though not in the usual senses: “Consider the milieu durance,” Blanchfield invites as the book sets sail and then responds, in the next line, to his own invitation—“Way out there now.”