5.13.2004

Another Sigh for a Writer Who Broke Through

Spencer Reece, who just won the Bakeless prize for poetry, which was judged by the Pulitzer-winning Louise Gl├╝ck, has a beautiful success story: from rock-bottom rags to poetry riches--er, fame. A heart-breaking/-mending story that The New York Times covers but has a godawful poem excerpt (story also covered well here). "The Clerk's Tale" that the New Yorker printed on their back page is definitely worthwhile. Listen to him read it here, or read their interview with him here. He doesn't seem to be able to write tightly (from Poetry Daily). The Painted Bride Quarterly has two better examples of his work (in PDF format), but the New Yorker poem is probably his best available online.

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