And they say that poets are doomed to a life of canned soup, three-speed bicycles, and broadcast television. Rodney Jones, an English professor at Southern Illinois University (Go Salukis!), has won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for Salvation Blues: One Hundred Poems, 1985-2005 (Houghton). It’s an honor just to win, of course, but in the event that the honor needs burnishing, he will also receive $100,000.
From the New York Times:
One of the richest prizes in poetry, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, has gone to Rodney Jones, a professor of English at Southern Illinois University. Mr. Jones, the author of a collection titled "Salvation Blues" (Houghton Mifflin), will receive $100,000 from Claremont Graduate University, which selects the winner. Claremont chose Eric McHenry, a Seattle poet, as the winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award for his book "Potscrubber Lullabies," published by the Waywiser Press. He will receive $10,000. JULIE BOSMAN
Granted, Salvation Blues compiles six volumes and comprises 100 poems, but I’d still be interested to run a word count against the award sum just to see what we came up with.