The Lost Country of Sight
Winner of the 2007 Philip Levine Prize Prize for Poetry. "It's difficult to believe that Neil Aitken's THE LOST COUNTRY OF SIGHT is a first book, since there is mastery throughout the collection. His ear is finely tuned, and his capacity for lyricism seems almost boundless. What stands out everywhere in the poems is his imagery, which is not only visually precise but is also possessed of a pure depth. The poems never veer off into the sensational; they are built from pensiveness and quietude and an affection for the world. 'Traveling Through the Prairies, I Think of My Father's Voice' strikes me as a perfectly made poem, but poems of similar grace and power are to be found throughout the book. This is a debut to celebrate"--C.G. Hanzlicek, judge.