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American Poetry: The Next Generation (Anthology) Hardcover – April 1, 2000

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About the Author

GERALD COSTANZO is the author of The Laps of the Bridesmaids and Nobody Lives on Arthur Godfrey Boulevard. The editor of The Devins Award Poetry Anthology, he is a professor of English and the lacrosse coach at Carnegie Mellon University.

JIM DANIELS’ book of poems include Blessing the House and Blue Jesus. He also wrote No Pets, a collection of stories, and edited Letters to America: Contemporary American Poetry on Race. He is director of creative writing at Carnegie Mellon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887483372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887483370
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,810,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is a proliferation of anthologies out this year that collect the works of a number of younger poets (a response to the new millenium buzz, no doubt). However, of all them I found the Carengie Mellon anthology more comprehensive and inclusive in the scope of its vision. It is the largest with the highest number of younger writers (perhaps the press simply had a bigger budget). But regardless, Daniels and Costanzo gathered here an amazing group that reflects what will eventually become the diversified literary canon of the future. There are many discoveries here and it is obvious from the intro that the editors tried their best to search for those finds that other anthologies overlooked. Reaching for the obvious names would have been too easy a task, best left to lazier editors, so it is with great admiration that I salute this, the most energetic effort to date.
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The only reason I give this book four stars instead of five is because it's an anthology and my understanding is that anthologies rip off the actual writers. All the writers get is one measly copy of the book--not a penny. But enough said about that. Most anthologies also include only about twenty-five writers and it is always the same old, same old. If you want a wide, an extraordinary variety of voices and poetry and poets, this is the book. 173 poets (by my count) all born 1960 or after and all with at least one book published by a trade, university, or independent publisher, so obviously there are only a few poems from each writer and unfortunately we miss out on the full breadth of their voices and range, but it certainly is exciting to discover so many new writers and voices. Because any reader of this anthology is bound to discover new writers (and hopefully purchase those writers' books) I heartily recommend this collection. In fact I cannot begin to recommend it enough. The more I re-read, and rediscover, the more heartily I recommend it. How exciting to discover in one book so many voices, so many writers I had never heard of.
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Here you'll find only work by poets born in 1960 or after, but that's not the point. The real news is that this anthology brims with staggeringly great poetry. This is a superior collection, and earns my highest praise.
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"American Poetry: The Next Generation" is a wonderful collection of modern poetry for everyone, regardless of one's experience level. The title is truly indicative of the contents; this is the "next generation" of poets covering the "next generation" of American life. It is one of the most complete compilations of Modern American poetry. It could become a great resource for future generations to understand the common mood and setting of this era. It includes several pieces that illuminate both the exceptional and usual happenings in daily American life. Poems, such as those by Jim Daniels, beautifully and sometimes comically, describle an insightful view of their own homes and lives, often astoundingly similar to one's own, yet far exceeding the average ability to put to words. In addition to describing things most Americans could easily relate to, there were several poems that added insight into the experiences of the unfamiliar. The poems varied in mood, with humor, sadness and even dispair and anger, written by well-known and not-so-well-known poets. Some pieces were musical, some told stories, nearly all were enjoyable. Upon first seeing the book at a writers' conference, I briefly flipped through it and was curious, if not immediately impressed. Once I got home, read the poems (in no particular order), I found "American Poetry: The Next Generation" to meet and far exceed my expectations.
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