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Howard's selection of 75 poems for this annual series edited by David Lehman will delight fans of formal traditions but may disappoint readers looking for poetry of socially conscious engagement, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E-school experimentation or non-white experience. While the works range widely in subject, in style the influence of New Formalism is pervasive?a cerebral tone and Latinate word choice give many poems a self-conscious, overwritten feel. Painful subjects, such as breast cancer, are often buried in obscure references that distance emotional response; even poems drawing from pop culture demonstrate an insular aspect. Where formal constraint combines with authentic voice, we are rewarded with powerful works: the radical brilliance of Molly Peacock, Grace Schulman's intelligent tenderness and David Wojahn's complex insight. J.D. McClatchy addresses mortality with candor and humor in "My Mammogram," and Rafael Campo infuses biting political indictment with personal sorrow in "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." A brief commentary by each of the writers on his/her poem gives a captivating glimpse into the writer's mind and an index lists poems and poets represented in the previous seven volumes of the series.
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YA?New poetry by contemporary poets, collected from a wide variety of literary journals. The contributors include recognized writers such as Margaret Atwood, Allen Ginsberg, and Molly Peacock. The book ends with contributor's notes that include some biographical information and comments about their poems.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Best American Poetry
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1988-1995 edition (September 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684801515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684801513
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,295,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In each volume of The Best American Poetry, there are usually a handful of really good or great poems, but on a whole, I find them to disappointing. It's generally not the best American poetry in any given year. Nor is 1995's volume the 'best' but it does have a higher number of good or great poems in it. Richard Howard (1995's guest editor) does a better job than most of the other guest editors I've read. You find poems by Margaret Atwood, Rafael Campo, Ginsberg, Marilyn Hacker, Anthony Hecht, Andrw Hudgins, Kizer, Kumin, Mary Jo Salter, and a great series of poems by Molly Peacock. There is also a wonderful poem by Sally Ball. I wish the series would get back up to this level of quality.
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The first few poems I had read in this antho. had leant real promise to this slim to average tome. However, as I read on...and on...there appeared too much of the naturalist's
and natur mort specialists seed catalog poems inclusively contriving to over-grow the more intriguing poems which occur here and there with weedy foliage! In addition, many of these poems are of the ilk where substance and form are both of the lengthy variety deploying un-necessary "SAT words." This is just my impression and there are also many choice or as the Narrator in Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Zoer might say "Premium" poems coexist with the merely mediocre. Not a bad anthology, interesting in places-- it just could have been a better one.
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some of the peotry is ok in this volume but for this most part they are most too conservative and dry. it is the editing here that reflects the personalities it seems of the two editors and simply did not keep my interest.
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This continuing series allows the reader to monitor the pulse of Am. poetry. I like it most for the discovery of poets I otherwise would not know about, but who are worth getting to know.
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By Alain on February 2, 2013
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the product arrived in perfect conditions. it took the necessary time to get to my address. there was no need to contact the sender. i am really satisfied with this purchase.
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