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Robert Bly's "Favorite Poets of All Time" —NYT Book Review

Image courtesy of The New York Times Book Review | 5 May 2013
Beloved poets Naomi Shihab Nye and Li-Young Lee have been garnering big attention in recent media. In last Sunday's The New York Times Book Review, American poet and critic Robert Bly lists both Naomi Shihab Nye and Li-Young Lee as two of his "favorite poets of all time." Naomi Shihab Nye is the author of BOA titles Red Suitcase (1994), Fuel (1998), You and Yours (2005), and Transfer (2011); Li-Young Lee is the author of BOA titles Rose (1986), The City in Which I Love You (1990), Book of My Nights (2001), and the new reissue of his American Book Award-winning memoir The Winged Seed: A Remembrance (2013). Langston Ward, winner of the 2013 Poetry Out Loud National Competition, recited Li-Young Lee's "The Gift," for his final recitation, along with Kenneth Rexroth's “The Bad Old Days,” and Walt Whitman’s “A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknown.” Ward, who won from a competitive field of some 375,000 students, said, “I’ll keep these poems with me forever, that much I know.” A senior at Mead High School in Spokane, Washington, he received a $20,000 award and his high school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Li-Young Lee's "The Gift" is published in his poetry collection Rose. For Robert Bly's entire NYT Book Review list of "favorite poets of all time," click here. Click here for more about Naomi Shihab Nye's titles. Click here for more about Li-Young Lee's titles.
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