the body | of space | in the shape of the human (New Issues, 2012). Winner of the 2011 New Issues Poetry Prize.
From prize judge David Wojahn’s citation:
Andrew Allport’s debut collection is at once intensely personal and urgently civic. It is brilliantly studied in its lyricality and yet, somehow, almost feral in its sustained ferocity. The tonal confidence, elegiac feeling, and belief in the sustaining (if not the transcendent) properties of the lyric make this collection reminiscent of some of the essential first books of the late century—I’m reminded of Dugan’s Poems, Heaney’s Death of a Naturalist, and Lowell’s Lord Weary’s Castle. This is august company indeed.”
From David Peak’s review at The Rumpus:
Allport’s poems are stunningly arranged and hauntingly lyrical, containing great depth of feeling and insight while also remaining readable—no small task.
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The Ice Ship & Other Vessels (Proem Press, 2008). Winner of the 2007 Proem Press Poetry Award.
Read the title poem, “The Ice Ship,” at the Poetry Foundation archive here.