American Crawl
6 x 9, 73 pp.
Pub Date: 01/01/1997
Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry
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Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 1996

American Crawl

By Paul Allen

Winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 1996.

Paul Allen, a native of Alabama, teaches at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where he founded the creative writing program and directs the annual Charleston Writers' Conference. He has earned the John Williams Andrews Narrative Poetry Prize, a Rainmaker Award, and the South Carolina Arts Commission's Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry (twice).

What Readers Are Saying:

“It is absolutely no exaggeration to say that no one is writing like Paul Allen. There is not an ounce of flab in his poems, which are informed by an urgency, a sense of personal commitment, and a passion rarely seen in contemporary poetry. Though American Crawl is a first book, there is nothing jejune about the poems, or about the unique imagination that creates them. The publication of this book is an important contribution to American letters.” --Richard Tillinghast

“As exciting a first book as I have seen in years, and I feel privileged to have had a hand in presenting it to the world of letters. However complex and rich his dazzling collection may be thematically, its canny presentation of struggle and redemption will touch the least specialistic reader's nerve. In a time of much inconsequential verse, a book of such singularity and originality, not to mention quality is exciting and welcome. American Crawl is a work by which we can all set our moral and emotional—and yes, our intellectual compasses.” --Sydney Lea


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