The Incentive of the Maggot
The poems included in The Incentive of the Maggot were written between May, 2001 and December, 2003. In April, 2004 the book was awarded the Bakeless Prize, given by Middlebury College and the Bread Loaf Conference, for a best first-book manuscript; Robert Pinsky was the judge. Houghton Mifflin published The Incentive of the Maggot in April, 2005. The book was nominated for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle poetry prize and the Lenore Marshall Prize of the Academy of American Poets, and was awarded the Larry Levis Prize given by Virginia Commonwealth University. Some of the poems in The Incentive of the Maggot were previously published in The New Yorker, The Threepenny Review, TriQuarterly, and Slate.