Juan Felipe Herrera won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2008 for his collection Half of the World in Light. Courtesy of Blue Flower Arts hide caption

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott rankled the judges of the Prime Minister's Literary Award with a last-minute announcement. Judge Les Murray later called Abbott's pick a "stupid and pretentious book." Stefan Postles/Getty Images hide caption

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Donald Hall is a former U.S. poet laureate and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2010. Linda Kunhardt/Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

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