The Best American Poetry 2010: Series Editor David Lehman

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Amy Gerstler, David Lehman
Simon and Schuster, Sep 14, 2010 - Poetry - 256 pages
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AMY GERSTLER’S COMMITMENT TO INNOVATIVE POETRY that conveys meaning, feeling, wit, and humor informs the cross section of poems in the 2010 edition of The Best American Poetry. The works collected here represent the wealth, the breadth, and the tremendous energy of poetry in the United States today. Featuring poems from some of our country’s top bards, including John Ashbery, Anne Carson, Louise Glück, Sharon Olds, and Charles Simic, The Best American Poetry 2010 also presents poems that poignantly capture the current moment, such as the sonnets John Updike wrote to chronicle his dying weeks. And there are exciting poems from a constellation of rising stars: Bob Hicok, Terrance Hayes, Denise Duhamel, Dean Young, and Elaine Equi, to name a very few.

The anthology’s mainstays are in place: It opens with series editor David Lehman’s incisive foreword about the state of American poetry and has a marvelous introduction by Amy Gerstler. Notes from the poets, illuminating their poems and their writing processes, conclude this delightful addition to a classic series.

Dick Allen * John Ashbery * Sandra Beasley * Mark Bibbins * Todd Boss * Fleda Brown * Anne Carson * Tom Clark * David Clewell * Michael Collier * Billy Collins * Dennis Cooper * Kate Daniels * Peter Davis * Tim Dlugos * Denise Duhamel * Thomas Sayers Ellis * Lynn Emanuel * Elaine Equi * Jill Alexander Essbaum * B. H. Fairchild * Vievee Francis * Louise Glück * Albert Goldbarth * Amy Glynn Greacen * Sonia Greenfield * Kelle Groom * Gabriel Gudding * Kimiko Hahn * Barbara Hamby * Terrance Hayes * Bob Hicok * Rodney Jones * Michaela Kahn * Brigit Pegeen Kelly * Corinne Lee * Hailey Leithauser * Dolly Lemke * Maurice Manning * Adrian Matejka * Shane McCrae * Jeffrey McDaniel * W. S. Merwin * Sarah Murphy * Eileen Myles * Camille Norton * Alice Notley * Sharon Olds * Gregory Pardlo * Lucia Perillo * Carl Phillips * Adrienne Rich * James Richardson * J. Allyn Rosser * James Schuyler * Tim Seibles * David Shapiro * Charles Simic * Frank Stanford * Gerald Stern * Stephen Campbell Sutherland * James Tate * David Trinidad * Chase Twichell * John Updike * Derek Walcott * G. C. Waldrep * J. E. Wei * Dara Wier * Terence Winch * Catherine Wing * Mark Wunderlich * Matthew Yeager * Dean Young * Kevin Young

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The quality of poetry anthologies largely depends on the choices of the editor. Amy Gerstler, the editor for The Best American Poetry 2010, obviously loves prose poetry, and if she has to choose verse ... Read full review

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This is a splendid anthology of poetry from both established and emerging writers. I found myself highlighting and dog-earring my way through the entire book. Highly recommended for all fans of ... Read full review


Dick Allen What You Have to Get Over
Todd Boss My Dog Has No Nose
Tom clark Fidelity
Billy collins Grave
Peter Davis Four Addresses
Thomas Sayers Ellis Presidential Blackness
Jill Alexander Essbaum Apologia
Albert Goldbarth Whats Left
Shane Mccrae Pietà
Eileen Myles The Perfect Faceless Fish
camille norton The Prison Diary of Bartlett Yancey Malone
Sharon olds Q
50 Aphorisms and TenSecond
Tim Seibles Allison Wolff
David Shapiro A Visit
Gerald Stern Stoop

Sonia Greenfield Passing the Barnyard Graveyard
Kimiko Hahn The Poetic Memoirs of Lady Daibu
Bob Hicok The Cunning Optimism of Language
Brigit Pegeen Kelly Rome
chase Twichell The Dark Rides
J E Wei In the Field
Dean young Off the Hook Ode
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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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