The Best American Poetry 1997

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 4, 1997 - Poetry - 272 pages
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Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, The Best American Poetry is the one indispensable volume for readers eager to follow what's new in poetry today. Sales continue to grow and plaudits keep coming in for this "high-voltage testament to the vitality of American poetry" (Booklist). Selected by prizewinning guest editor James Tate, the seventy-five best poems of the year were chosen from more than three dozen magazines and range from the comic to the cosmic, from the contemplative to the sublime. In addition to showcasing our leading bards -- such as John Ashbery, Jorie Graham, Robert Hass, and Mark Strand -- the collection marks an auspicious debut for eye-opening younger poets. With comments from the poets themselves offering insights into their work, The Best American Poetry 1997 delivers the startling and imaginative writing that more and more people have come to expect from this prestigious series.

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I may not be classified as a die-hard poetry enthusiast, so if that matters to you, then feel free to dismiss this review. However, I do respect the art of poetry. I have written a few free verse ... Read full review

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There are some wonderful poems in this collection. My new favorite poems are Black Barbie and On the Sadness of Wedding Dresses. I LOVE these poems. Each poet has a brief biography and statement on ... Read full review

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David Lehman, series editor of The Best American Poetry, is also the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. His books of poetry include New and Selected Poems, When a Woman Loves a Man, and The Daily Mirror. He teaches in the New School graduate writing program and lives in New York City and Ithaca, New York.

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