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Contenders for the National Book Award for Poetry include a five-time nominee and three début collections. This week, The New Yorker will be announcing the longlists for the 2017 National Book Awards. Yesterday, we shared the longlist in the category of Young People’s Literature . Today, we present the ten contenders for Poetry. Check back later in the week for Nonfiction and Fiction. Hilton Als recently described “Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016” as “ the culmination of a distinguished career and a poetic ur-text about how homophobia, doubt, and a parent’s confusing love can shape a gay child.” The book is now also Frank Bidart’s fifth collection to be long-listed for t... Full story

13 September