Words for My Daughter

John Balaban

A National Poetry Series title selected by W.S. Merwin, Words for My Daughter is John Balaban’s third book of poetry, extending themes that earned him a nomination for the National Book Award. A civilian conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, Balaban was a field representative for the Committee of Responsibility to Save War-Injured Children. In these new poems, Balaban considers clarifying moments of love, virtue, and memories of war—Dante’s “proper subjects for poetry”—while hitchhiking alone into the vast deserts of the American Southwest.

ISBN: 9781556590375

Format: Paperback

About the Author

John Balaban is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, including four volumes which together have won The Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award, a National Poetry Series selection, and two nominations for the National Book Award. His book Locusts at the Edge of Summer: New and Selected Poems won the 1998 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. In 2003, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 2005, he was a judge …

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