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The Best American Poetry 2012: Series Editor David Lehman Paperback – September 18, 2012
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It's unsurprising, then, that the poems included are disproportionately drawn from the "right" establishment journals, the ones everyone in the academy wants to get on their resumes: again by my count, well over half the poems are from the six journals Poetry, The Cincinnati Review, The New Yorker, The New England Review, The American Poetry Review, and Ploughshares. And it's equally unsurprising that most of them read like creative writing seminar exercises.Read more ›
I particularly liked Billy Collins' "Delivery" where the delivery truck brings news of the narrator's death-- many of these poems deal with death, but then Mr. Collins has said that that is what most poems are about-- "The Gods" by Mary Jo Salter, "Dr. Samuel Adolphus Cartwright on Dissecting the White Negro, 1851" by Natasha Trethewey and "Expecting" by Kevin Young. The poem that is worth the price of this anthology, however, has to be "The Afterlife" by Lynne Sharon Schwartz. I heard Mr.Read more ›
My favorite poems in this book are these: "Mrs. Mason and the Poets" by David Mason; "The Gods" by Mary Jo Salter; and "Daffodil" by Angelo Nikolopoulos.
I have very conventional tastes. Some of my favorite poets are Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas, Robert Browning, Robert Graves, Wordsworth, Housman, and Keats. In general, I like metrical verse. Too many of the poems in this book were prose-like. Many of the poems seemed disjointed or they had no dramatic/emotional impact. One thing that really stood out to me was how unmusical so much of the poetry was. The music within poems is one of the things I like most about poetry. But there are some wonderful poems in this book that did click with me.
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Wonderful compilation of poetry. My favorites are: "The Road to Emmaus", by Spencer Reece, and "Girl with Gerbil", by Don Russ. Read morePublished 10 months ago by T. Kepler
Great book. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys anthologies.Published 14 months ago by Elizabeth Vrenios
Don't like poetry, but I needed this for college and it seemed pretty cool.Published 15 months ago by Madison Maler
Somehow I missed this when it came out. So glad to have a source for this always useful and enjoyable collection.Published 20 months ago by JoAnn Anglin
I've only clanced at the book so far as I am traveling at the moment. I will get to it when I am settled in.Published on July 2, 2013 by George Hoerner
True Confession: I hesitated to order this book--numbers of previous volumes in this series have been astonishingly awful (would-be poets too busy flashing their avantgarde... Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by Linda Johnsen
I dont like books but i had to get this one for school. Just used it for a project. Thanks alot broski.Published on May 9, 2013 by Jeremy Rader