Versed is a book of poetry written by Rae Armantrout and published by Wesleyan University Press in 2009 (see 2009 in poetry). It won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
As part of a lead-in to their awards announcement,NBCC board member James Marcus called Versed a collection of "vigilant, often beautiful poems that seem to reset the reader's mental instrumentation--what Armantrout calls the 'whirligig / of attention, / the figuring and / reconfiguring / of charges / among orbits / (obits) / that has taken forever.'"
According to the Pulitzer Prize Board, Versed is a "book striking for its wit and linguistic inventiveness, offering poems that are often little thought-bombs detonating in the mind long after the first reading."
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