Versed by Rae Armantrout is described by the Pulitzer Prize jury as, "striking for its wit and linguistic inventiveness, offering poems that are often little thought-bombs detonating in the mind long after the first reading."
Versed was also cited this year by the National Book Critics Circle Prize. Armantrout has written 10 books of poetry, including Next Life, which was selected by The New York Times as a notable book of 2007. Armantrout has taught at the University of California at San Diego for almost 20 years.
Finalists in this category were Tryst by Angie Estes and Inseminating the Elephant by Lucia Perillo.