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Jay Hopler's Green Squall is the winner of the 2005 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. As Louise GlÃ¼ck observes in her foreword, âGreen Squall begins and ends in the gardenâ; however, Hoplerâs gardens are not of the seasonal variety evoked by poets of the English lyricâhis gardens flourish at lower, fiercer latitudes and in altogether different mindscapes. There is a darkness in Hoplerâs work as deep and brutal as any in American poetry. Though his verbal extravagance and formal invention bring to mind Wallace Stevensâs tropical extrapolations, there lies beneath Green Squallâs lush tropical surfaces a terrifying world in which nightmare and celebration are indistinguishable, and hope is synonymous with despair.