The 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry was awarded to Carl Dennis for his book Practical Gods, which was published as a trade paperback original last October by Penguin as part of its "Penguin Poets" series.
A professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Dennis, 62, has won acclaim for his "wise, original, and often deeply moving" poems that "ease the reader out of accustomed modes of seeing and perceiving" (The New York Times Book Review). Practical Gods is Dennis' eighth collection of poetry; his two previous titles, Ranking the Wishes (1997) and Meetings with Time (1992), were also published by Penguin. In 2000, Dennis was awarded the prestigious Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from Poetry and the Modern Poetry Association for his contributions to American poetry. In announcing that award, Joseph Parisi, the editor of Poetry, said “Dennis is a poet who has valuable things to say – about faith (or its absence) in the modern world, fear, loneliness, life’s regrets – the great What ifs and roads not taken – in ways that are personal and universal at the same time.”
Penguin plans to publish a volume of Dennis’s new and selected poems in April of 2004.
Practical Gods was the first Penguin poetry title to win the Pulitzer Prize since 1976, when John Ashbery won for his book Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.
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