Thursday, July 1, 2010

Two Phenomenal Books, One Phenomenal Poet

In the summer 2010 issue of Rain Taxi both of Nick Lantz's books, The Lightning That Struck the Neighbor's House and We Don't Know We Don't Know are reviewed. Here's the first paragraph:

"Nick Lantz's We Don't Know We Don't Know and The Lightning That Strikes the Neighbors' House are both phenomenal books—the former is the 2009 Bakeless Prize-winner for poetry, the latter the 2010 Felix Pollack Prize-winner. Let's acknowledge that any writer who won just one of those contests would be worth attention; to win both prizes, and to have the books come out basically simultaneously, is the equivalent of a baseball player hitting a home run not just in his first at-bat, but off his first pitch."

Nick is a former MFA poet and Institute Fellow in poetry.

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