(Yale University Press, April 2013)
Winner of the 2012 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize

A young soldier dons Napoleon’s hat. An out-of-work man wanders Berlin, dreaming he is Peter the Great. The famous exile Dante finally returns to his native city to "hang his crown of laurels up." Familial and historical apparitions haunt this dazzling collection of poems by Will Schutt, the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Yale Series of Younger Poets award. Schutt’s poems probe a vast emotional geography, and he expands their scope with elegant translations of works by some of Italy’s most prominent twentieth-century poets. Contest judge Carl Phillips calls Schutt’s debut volume "a book of uncommon wisdom," and he finds in the poems "Not only beauty, but a persuasive insight into what I call the lived life, the one that risks knowing what’s difficult, despite the sorrow that so often follows the knowing."

Kenyon Review Credo


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Recipient of 2014 Jeannette Haien Ballard Writers' Prize


Will Schutt received the Jeannette Haien Ballard Writers' Prize, a $25,000 annual prize given to young writers of proven excellence in poetry or prose. Established to honor author Jeannette Haien’s interest in the work of talented young writers and her desire to benefit and further their careers by encouraging the production of literary works of high quality and aesthetic worth.

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Two New Reviews


Two very generous and smart reviews of Westerly by John Casteen (VQR) and Caitlin Doyle (Blackbird). With sincere thanks to the reviewers!



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