Tomás Q. Morín: On Finding His Voice and Winning the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize
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For most debut poets, the first and often only way to see their work move into the world as a cohesive collection is to win a prize.
Poetry contests are about the only remaining way to publish a first poetry book. And that's one way poetry is being killed in this country, reduced to consensus-by-committee, stripped of individual vision.