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Best American Poetry 2016 (The Best American Poetry series) Paperback – September 6, 2016
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"A 'best' anthology that really lives up to its title." (Chicago Tribune)
"Each year, a vivid snapshot of what a distinguished poet finds exciting, fresh and memorable: and over the years, as good a comprehensive overview of contem-porary poetry as there can be." (Robert Pinsky)
“A year’s worth of the very best!” (People)
"An essential purchase." (Washington Post)
"The Best American Poetry series has become one of the mainstays of the poetry publication world. For each volume, a guest editor is enlisted to cull the collective output of large and small literary journals published that year to select 75 of the year’s 'best' poems. The guest editor is also asked to write an introduction to the collection, and the anthologies would be indispensable for these essays alone; combined with [David] Lehman’s'state-of-poetry' forewords and the guest editors’ introductions, these anthologies seem to capture the zeitgeist of the current attitudes in American poetry.” (Academy of American Poets)
About the Author
David Lehman, the series editor of The Best American Poetry, is also the editor of the Oxford Book of American Poetry. His books of poetry include Poems in the Manner Of, New and Selected Poems, Yeshiva Boys, When a Woman Loves a Man, and The Daily Mirror. His most recent nonfiction book is Sinatra’s Century. He teaches at The New School and lives in New York City and Ithaca, New York.
Edward Hirsch is an American poet and critic who wrote national bestseller How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry. He has published nine books of poems, including The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems, which brings together thirty-five years of work, and Gabriel: A Poem, a book-length elegy for his son that The New Yorker calls “a masterpiece of sorrow.” He has also published five prose books about poetry. He is president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in New York City.
Top customer reviews
As I don't normally read poetry, not since leaving London University in my twenties, I appreciated the foreword by David Lehman who mixed the past understanding of the role of such writing and brought into the present. The following introduction by the guest editor Edward Hirsch reminded me that "poetry is not dead. On the contrary it is an art form that continues to thrive in unexpected ways, engaging and evading its own history, setting out on unknown paths."
This anthology took me down little know streets, into lives and emotions that are so detailed and dense with all the senses that it left me wanting more. More.
Bring A Chainsaw: (And Other Stories From My Solo Travels)
I have not read too many modern poetry anthologies, but I am starting to do so for two reasons. First, to narrow down my own literary tastes. Second, to improve my own poetry and eventually find a more distinct voice. I find myself in the habit of simply imitating the voices of the poets that I am inspired by from week to week.
The following are my favorites from this collection:
"Ugglig" by Michelle Boisseau
"Hubert Blankenship" by David Bottoms
"Humanity 101" by Denise Duhamel
"My Life" by Lynn Emanuel
"One Had Lived in a Room and Loved Nothing" by Charles Fort
"The Lady Responds" by Juliana Gray
"Dome of the Hidden Temple" by James Tate
"On the Certainty of Bryan" by Olena K. Davis
"The Sadness of Clothes" by Emily Fragos
"Meet Me at the Lighthouse" by Dana Gioia
"As If" by Julie Kane
"Solitaire" by Deborah Landau
"If He Came & Diminished Me & Mapped My Way" by Larry Levis
"Ode While Awaiting Execution" by Thomas Lux
"Psalm for the Lost" by Paul Mariani
"My Father's "Norton Introduction to Literature" (1981)" by Hai-Dang Phan
"Vineyard" by David St. John
Masters Candidates (9)
"O, Esperanza" by Catherine Barnett
"Whitman, 1841" by Rick Barot
"Here I Am" by Martin Espada
"When I turned fourteen my mother's sister took me to lunch and said" by Alexis Rhone Fancher
"A Drop of Seawater Under the Microscope" by Amy Gerstler
"Aubade" by Major Jackson
"Lament" by Debra Marquart
"Late Aubade" by James Richardson
"To Think of How Cold" by Eleanor Wilner
Overall, I would absolutely to highly recommend approx. 35% of the poems contained in this volume.