The National Book Award for Poetry has been given since 1950 and is part of the National Book Awards, which are given annually for outstanding literary works by American citizens. No award for poetry was given from 1985 through 1990.


2010Terrance HayesLighthead
2009Keith WaldropTranscendental Studies: A Trilogy
2008Mark DotyFire to Fire: New and Collected Poems
2007Robert HassTime and Materials
2006Nathaniel MackeySplay Anthem
2005W.S. MerwinMigration: New & Selected Poems
2004Jean ValentineDoor in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003
2003C.K. WilliamsThe Singing
2002Ruth StoneIn the Next Galaxy
2001Alan DuganPoems Seven: New and Complete Poetry
2000Lucille CliftonBlessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000
1999AiVice: New & Selected Poems
1998Gerald SternThis Time: New and Selected Poems
1997William MeredithEffort at Speech: New & Selected Poems
1996Hayden CarruthScrambled Eggs & Whiskey
1995Stanley KunitzPassing Through: The Later Poems
1994James TateA Worshipful Company of Fletchers
1993A.R. AmmonsGarbage
1992Mary OliverNew & Selected Poems
1991Philip LevineWhat Work Is
1990No Award
1989No Award
1988No Award
1987No Award
1986No Award
1985No Award
1983Charles WrightCountry Music: Selected Early Poems
1983Galway KinnellSelected Poems
1982William BronkLife Supports: New and Collected Poems
1981Lisel MuellerThe Need to Hold Still
1980Philip LevineAshes : poems new & old
1979James MerrillMirabell: Book of Numbers
1978Howard NemerovThe Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov
1977Richard EberhartCollected Poems, 1930-1976
1976John AshberySelf-portrait in a Convex Mirror
1975Marilyn HackerPresentation Piece
1974Adrienne RichDiving into the Wreck: Poems 1971-1972
1974Allen GinsbergThe Fall of America: Poems of these States, 1965-1971
1973A.R. AmmonsCollected Poems, 1951-1971
1972Howard MossSelected Poems
1972Frank O'HaraThe Collected Works of Frank O'Hara
1971Mona Van DuynTo See, To Take
1970Elizabeth BishopThe Complete Poems
1969John BerrymanHis Toy, His Dream, His Rest
1968Robert BlyThe Light Around the Body
1967James MerrillNights and Days
1966James DickeyBuckdancer's Choice: Poems
1965Theodore RoethkeThe Far Field
1964John Crowe RansomSelected Poems
1963William StaffordTraveling Through the Dark
1962Alan DuganPoems
1961Randall JarrellThe Woman at the Washington Zoo
1960Robert LowellLife Studies
1959Theodore RoethkeWords for the Wind
1958Robert Penn WarrenPromises: Poems, 1954-1956
1957Richard WilburThings of This World
1956W.H. AudenThe Shield of Achilles
1955Wallace StevensThe Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens
1954Conrad AikenCollected Poems
1953Archibald MacLeishCollected Poems, 1917-1952
1952Marianne MooreCollected Poems
1951Wallace StevensThe Auroras of Autumn
1950William Carlos WilliamsPaterson: Book III and Selected Poems

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • [1] National Book Foundation Web site

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