I love the voice and the passion I hear in Woolfitt’s poems. In Beauty Strip, he names the raw materials of the natural world so precisely and enters the cusps and edge spaces so confidently that the poems both mourn and reclaim the ruined mountains of his West Virginia home. There is hard-earned wisdom and a strong lyric line in these vital poems and William Kelley Woolfitt is one sweet singer.
–Maggie Anderson, author of Windfall and A Space Filled with Moving
Beauty Strip won the Texas Review Breakthrough Poetry Prize and was published by Texas Review Press in 2014.
a few poems from Beauty Strip
some past winners of the Texas Review Breakthrough Poetry Prize
Erin Ganaway, The Waiting Girl (2013)
Noel Polk, Walking Safari (2012)