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A Million in Prizes

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Poetry. Winner of the 2008 New Issues Poetry Prize, judged by Carl Phillips. "Here is a rarely expressed self-awareness that accedes as little to words as it does to the pain of the condition itself"--Fanny Howe.
Paperback, 65 pages
Published April 6th 2009 by New Issues Poetry Press
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Jul 07, 2009 Jamey rated it liked it
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I liked it. It was honest, it went nowhere, it was self-effacing and harmless. It pains me to be tepid about somebody's work but this is minimalist self-effacing Mark Strand-esque work of free-floating anxiety. It should not mind being taken at its word. The writer Carl Phillips, who was the New Issues Prize judge for the year 2008 when this book won, praises it with a blurb that cites Salinger, O'Hara, and Baudelaire. Well, there you go. Not my boys.
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Justin Marks’ books are, You’re Going to Miss Me When You’re Bored, (Barrelhouse Books, 2014) and A Million in Prizes (New Issues, 2009). His latest chapbook is We Used to Have Parties (Dikembe Press, 2014). He is a co-founder of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press, and lives in Queens, NY with his wife and their twin son and daughter.
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