Won the National Book Award for poetry in 2011.
On writing "Head Off & Split:"
"And so it was like an accumulation of many years and many steps. Someone asked me, after the acceptance speech: When did you write that? And I said, I've been writing that speech my whole life: a word here, a phrase there, a history lesson there, all of it is an accumulation of a life lived, I think."
What a wonderful title! Can't wait to get my hands on this book. Who doesn't need another book of poetry?