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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.
I thought Karen Leona Anderson's poem was rich and almost buttery. I though Julianna Bagott's poem on nursing was extremely vivid and could only be written by a mother. Stephanie Brown's "Notre Dame" was more meaningful to me because I've been to Paris and have lit a candle at the cathedral. I felt the poem was emotionally profound at the end.
If I had any objection to anything in the poems it was the frequent use of the F-word. I feel it ruined some of the poems for me. Not that I've never sworn before but swearing hardly even contributes to an intellectual atmosphere. So I thought "Dorothy Wordsworth" was a little too blunt and may be offensive to some readers, however it did convey anger very effectively.
I was pleased to find a poem by Billy Collins who is one of my favorite poets. His poem is about death and there are quite a few poems that are about death, ghosts and even horror. I didn't like the poem about mice very much and some poems had some rather disturbing images. The stories of the afterlife are also rather macabre. I think of the afterlife as mostly being beautiful but the poets in this book think of the afterlife as mostly a place of emotional suffering. I'm not saying there is not a hell but it would have been nice to read about heaven.Read more ›
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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 17 months ago by T. Kepler
Great book. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys anthologies.Published 21 months ago by Elizabeth Vrenios
Don't like poetry, but I needed this for college and it seemed pretty cool.Published 22 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 on May 28, 2014 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
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
Good poems from a broad array of eclectic poets. The 2012 edition is a readable and enjoyable choice of poems.Published on April 14, 2013 by James M. Robinson