2021 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Poetry: Natalie Diaz

Congratulations to Natalie Diaz for winning the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her poetry collection, Postcolonial Love Poem.

It is "a collection of tender, heart-wrenching and defiant poems that explore what it means to love and be loved in an America beset by conflict."

"Postcolonial Love Poem is an anthem of desire against erasure. Natalie Diaz’s brilliant second collection demands that every body carried in its pages—bodies of language, land, rivers, suffering brothers, enemies, and lovers—be touched and held as beloveds. Through these poems, the wounds inflicted by America onto an indigenous people are allowed to bloom pleasure and tenderness: “Let me call my anxiety, desire, then. / Let me call it, a garden.” In this new lyrical landscape, the bodies of indigenous, Latinx, black, and brown women are simultaneously the body politic and the body ecstatic. In claiming this autonomy of desire, language is pushed to its dark edges, the astonishing dunefields and forests where pleasure and love are both grief and joy, violence and sensuality." -Graywolf Press