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  • Series: Best American Poetry
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476708134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476708133
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A 'best' anthology that really lives up to its title."
-- Chicago Tribune --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Denise Duhamel is professor of English at Florida International University. She is the author of many poetry collections, including Two and Two and Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems. Duhamel has also coedited, with Maureen Seaton and David Trinidad, Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry. The recipient of numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, she has been anthologized widely, appearing in six volumes of The Best American Poetry.

David Lehman, who founded The Best American Poetry series in 1988, is the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry and the author of seven books of poetry, including When a Woman Loves a Man. He teaches in the graduate writing program at the New School and lives in New York City and in Ithaca, New York.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By IlmAtty on September 24, 2013
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I loved all of the poetry in the book. However, I found the poem by Victoria Kelly, "When the Men Go Off to War", to be extremely well written, heartfelt, and touching and by far my favorite. She and the other poets in this book deserve many accolades!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Johnson on November 7, 2013
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Another year of extraordinary poems arrive in the 2013 collection. Part of the fun of each year is not only seeing which poets wrote outstanding poems, but also which journals were included. The online poetry community is represented to a small but important extent. This collection is one of my favorites.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn W. on October 18, 2013
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I bought this book for a friend who is going to devote all of her time to writing poetry. She was extremely happy with it, especially the way it is organized. Highly recommend.
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By allan mueller on April 20, 2014
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I've been buying books from Amazon for a decade, and this is the first time I've been driven to write a review- driven by the sheer awfulness of what passes for the “best” of American poetry. Who knew that 95% of America's best poets were creative writing professors? The great insights offered the world by a bunch of dried up grant chasers, locked up in institutions. It's not all bad, maybe ¼ of these poems actually have a little bit of heart (Traci Brimhall is fun, Jericho Brown is right, Martha Collins is interesting, plus a few more), but there is so much just BAD: “Poem for Anne Sexting”, Kim Addonizio's line “Ping went your iHeart”, John “Creator of technically proficient bloodless nonsense I should have died a long time ago when I wasn't second rate” Ashberry, Billy “Same goes for me” Collins, Wendy Barker's ode to just giving in to being a consumer whore (I'm fat, but I'm hungry!), Thomas “I admittedly have nothing interesting to say” Lux, and just a lot of awful “writing about writing”- Major Jackson's “Why I write poetry” maybe standing out as the single worst poem in the collection. This mediocre look at the world through the eyes of so many whose priority is more likely “being a poet” than actually making good poems, ack, my brain is on fire from the badness, hopefully there are garbage men, prostitutes and accountants somewhere out there making real art...
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By K. Johnston on March 15, 2014
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I am by no means a voluntary connoisseur of poetry, however, over the past several years I have been taught to read and study poetry. I have come to realize that the main point of poetry is to evoke some sort of feeling through the use of imagery, whether that feeling be positive or negative. Through this collection of poetry, I found many poems that didn't evoke any feeling at all (for me), and I found myself wondering why I was reading this collection. I found that I easily became bored while reading this collection, and it was easy for me to forget the poems I had read soon after reading them. I, too, agree that the use of four-letter-words can have a striking power in a work, the prolific use of these words detracted from the meaning of the poems. They reminded me of Rated R movies that only carried the restricted rating for the use of f-words in an attempt to capture a younger audience (i.e. Argo).
I read these poems, but I feel no need to ever read these poems again.
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Many enjoyable poems. One critique: The collection doesn't seem very representative of the U.S.--at least in terms of region/geography. Cut out the poems from CA and LA, and there's not much from west of the Mississippi.
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By Barbara Dahlberg on February 26, 2014
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I love the breath and depth of the choices, many different styles and genres are represented. It was a nice surprise to see a couple of my friends' poems included.
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Excellent selection this year. I'm on my third time of reading and am blown away by the incredibly high standard of these poems; the position that poetry is dying and no longer relevant is made nonsense by this one volume
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