The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary poetry by ensuring the publication of five books of poetry annually through participating publishers. In addition, the National Poetry Series has partnered with Miami Book Fair to award the Paz Prize in Poetry, which ensures bilingual publication for a book of poems written in Spanish. This conversation features Kien Lam on Extinction Theory: Poems, speaking with the judge who selected his manuscript, Kyle Dargan, Anagnorisis: Poems. Extinction Theory is a collection of pseudoscience poems that try to provide rationales for some of life’s most salient mysteries. Where is God? What does it mean to belong? Who killed the dinosaurs? Lam creates new worlds with new rules to better answer these perennial questions. His poetry is that of discovery, of looking at the world as if for the first time. He exposes the transitory and transcendent nature of things and how we find meaning. With a special introduction by Daniel Halpern, founder of HarperCollins imprint Ecco and the National Poetry Series.
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