Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010

The first career retrospective by the award-winning poet Elizabeth Alexander, including her poem delivered at Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration.

Over the past twenty years, Elizabeth Alexander has become one of America’s most exciting and important poets, and her selection as the inaugural poet by President Obama confirmed her place as one of the indispensible voices of our times. Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems, 1990-2010 gathers twenty pages of new poetry, including her inaugural poem “Praise Song for the Day,” along with generous selections from her previous work. The result is the most definitive volume to date by this American master.


Graywolf Press | January 2010 | ISBN: 978-1-55597-568-5 | Hbk. 240 pages

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