Today's poem is "Adoration is Not Irrelevant"
from Toward the Distant Islands

Copper Canyon Press

Hayden Carruth's career spanning six decades has served poetry in every conceivable capacity. His oeuvre includes forty books of poetry and crictism, a novel, and one of the most celebrated and influential anthologies of the last half of the last century, The Voice That Is Great Within Us. Carruth taught for many years in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University. Carruth won the 1996 National Book Award for Scambled Eggs & Whiskey, and his Collected Shorter Poems, 1946-1991 received the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award and a nomination for the National Book Award. He has been the editor of Poetry, poetry editor of Harper's, and for twenty-five years an advisory editor of The Hudson Review. The Bollinger, Guggenheim, and Lannan Foundations, as well as the National Endowment of for the Arts, have awarded fellowships to Carruth, and he has been presented with the Lenore Marshall/The Nation Award, the Patterson Poetry Prize, the Vermont Governor's Medal, the Carl Sandburg Award, the Whiting Award, and the Ruth Lily Prize.

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