This Shadowy Place

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This Shadowy Place


Allen, Dick

Dick Allen’s earlier collections have always included poems written in traditional form. But This Shadowy Place is his only book in which every poem is rhymed and metered. Allen’s “stand alone” new poems – narrative, meditative, lyric, sometimes excursions into Zen Buddhism – consistently merge traditional form with his hallmark cultural, political and religious themes. Even when seeming to write of himself, Allen is actually forever writing of the strange and unique transitions from the American Twentieth Century to the Twenty-first. Known as one of the best craftsmen and poetry performers in the country, Allen here gives us new poems that when read either silently or aloud constantly shift between the literal and the metaphorical. The paths in these new poems lead unexpectedly through both calming and foreboding shadows.

Dick Allen is the author of seven previous poetry collections, including Present Vanishing, The Day Before, and Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected. He’s received National Endowment for the Arts and Ingram Merrill Poetry Writing Fellowships, six inclusions in The Best American Poetry annual volumes, a Pushcart Prize, among numerous other national awards. His poems have appeared regularly in many of America’s leading magazines, including The Atlantic, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Hudson Review, The New Criterion, The New Yorker, Poetry, The New Republic, Tricycle, Rattle, and The American Scholar. Dick Allen was appointed as the Connecticut State Poet Laureate (2010–2015), succeeding John Hollander.

This Shadowy Place is the thirteenth winner of the annual New Criterion Poetry prize. Previous winners of the prize include Deborah Warren, Adam Kirsch, Charles Tomlinson, Bill Coyle, Geoffrey Brock, J. Allyn Rosser, Daniel Brown, D.H. Tracy, and, prior to Allen, George Green. The New Criterion Poetry Prize was established in 2000 and is awarded annually to a book-length manuscript of poems that pays close attention to form. The series has for many years attracted the attention of both readers and critics, and Booklist has called it “a more reliable indicator of high readability than most other poetry prizes.”