Dexter Booth (MFA 2012) Wins the Cave Canem Poetry Prize

Please join in congratulating Dexter Booth, MFA program graduate, former Hayden’s Ferry Review poetry editor and current teacher in the Writing Programs and Creative Writing, who just won Cave Canem's poetry prize for his manuscript, SCRATCHING THE GHOST. Competition judge Major Jackson has written the following about Dexter’s manuscript:

In Dexter Booth’s SCRATCHING THE GHOST, a cracked egg means the universe is splitting, the slap of a double-dutch rope is a broken-throated hymn, and splitting a squealing hog is akin to love-making. These are poems loyal to their own intrepid logic and reckless plausibility. Yet, lest the reader get too giddy in a fun house of mirrors, here, too, are the melodic laments and remarkable lyric passages of a poet who acknowledges the infinite current of melancholy that underlines his journey.

SCRATCHING THE GHOST will be published by Graywolf Press.

Dexter is currently teaching poetry and composition at ASU. Congratulations, Dexter!

Maureen Daly Goggin, Chair
Professor, Rhetoric