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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.
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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.
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