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Green Squall - Hopler, Jay; Glück, Louise - Yale University Press

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Yale Series of Younger Poets


Green Squall

  • Jay Hopler; Foreword by Louise Glück
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Winner of the Silver Medal in the Poetry Category for the Florida Book Awards

Winner of the 2007 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for Poetry

Winner in the Poetry: General category of the National Best Books 2007 Awards

Winner of the 2009 Whiting Writers' Award, given by The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation.

Winner of the Bronze Medal in the Poetry Category for the 2006 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award

Jay Hopler's Green Squall is the winner of the 2005 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. As Louise Glück observes in her foreword, “Green Squall begins and ends in the garden”; however, Hopler’s gardens are not of the seasonal variety evoked by poets of the English lyric—his gardens flourish at lower, fiercer latitudes and in altogether different mindscapes. There is a darkness in Hopler’s work as deep and brutal as any in American poetry. Though his verbal extravagance and formal invention bring to mind Wallace Stevens’s tropical extrapolations, there lies beneath Green Squall’s lush tropical surfaces a terrifying world in which nightmare and celebration are indistinguishable, and hope is synonymous with despair.

Jay Hopler was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1970 and has earned degrees from New York University, The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He lives in Southwest Florida.

"The Yale Series of Younger Poets remains the most prestigious [of poetry contests]."—Library Journal

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