This year’s prestigious National Book Award has been awarded to Louise Gluck for her latest collection, Faithful and Virtuous Night. Last night’s award joins an already long list of accolades for Gluck including the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1985, the Pulitzer in 1993, and the Bollingen Prize in 2001. Her career as a published poet has spanned nearly half a century, and in 2003 she served as U.S. Poet Laureate. You can already find her name printed in most anthologies of contemporary American poetry, and her latest work promises evolution of thought and form while still encircling familiar themes of existentialism, renewal, and their relationship to art.