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The Best American Poetry 1997

  James TateJames Tate was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1943. In 1966, when he won the Yale Younger Poets Prize for his first book, The Lost Pilot, he was among the youngest poets ever thus honored. His Selected Poems (Wesleyan/University Press of New England, 1991) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1992, and his most recent book, Worshipful Company of Fletchers (Ecco Press), won the National Book Award two years later. Other collections by James Tate include Constant Defender (Ecco Press, 1983), Reckoner (Wesleyan University Press, 1986), and Distance from Loved Ones (Wesleyan/University Press of New England, 1990). He has written short fiction and has completed a manuscript under the working title Forty-five Stories. In 1995 he was awarded the Dorothea Tanning Award from the Academy of American Poets. Since 1971 he has taught at the University of Massachusetts. He lives in Amherst.

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