You may already be familiar with Eduardo C. Corral or have heard of his debut collection, Slow Lightning, published by Yale University Press this past spring. If you read poetry blogs or follow the parlor talk on Facebook, maybe you’ve come across Corral’s name in the context of a controversy that erupted last April surrounding comments Corral made about a certain queer poetry salon. Or maybe, if you’re like me, you’ve followed his blog, Lorcaloca, for years, getting to know and rely on his sweet and biting online persona. This is why I nearly gleeked with excitement after hearing his book received the Yale Younger Poets Prize, having followed the book’s journey the way one might watch friends trying to conceive. Finishing a book is not easy. Finishing a book as perfect and visionary as Slow Lightning must be like drawing blood.