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Rodney Jones Wins the Kingsley Tufts

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.

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Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

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