Spring 2004 • Vol. XXVI No. 2 New VoicesApril 1, 2004 |

On Randall Mann’s “Complaint in the Garden”

Winner of the 2003 Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry This is the third year of The Kenyon Review's sponsorship of the Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry, an annual book award given by Zoo Press to a poet for the publication of his or her first full-length collection. As poetry editor of this magazine, I am pleased to serve as the judge of the prize. We continue to salute our cosponsor, Zoo Press, for its vision and vigor in publishing several volumes each year of excellent poetry, fiction, critical writing, and drama. Following Beth Ann Fennelly's Open House (2001) and Christopher Cessac's Republic Sublime (2002), Randall Mann takes his place as the 2003 winner of the Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry. From among the hundreds of manuscripts submitted, Mann's Complaint in the Garden quickly asserted itself for its rich idiom, its technical command, its poignant, often overlapping narratives, and its coherence not just as a miscellany but as a real book of poems. This last feature is not a

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David Baker is the author or editor of many books of poetry and criticism. His latest collection of poems, Whale Fall, was published by W. W. Norton in July 2022. Baker taught at Kenyon 1983–84 and began a long association with The Kenyon Review then, including service for more than twenty-five years as poetry editor. He continues to curate the magazine’s annual environmental feature, “Nature’s Nature.” Baker is emeritus professor of English at Denison University, in Granville, Ohio, where he offers two classes each spring semester.

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