Best New Poets 2016: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers

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Mary Szybist, Jeb Livingood, Angie Hogan
Meridian (, 2016 - Poetry - 116 pages
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Entering its eleventh year, Best New Poets has established itself as a crucial venue for rising poets and a valuable resource for poetry lovers. The only publication of its kind, this annual anthology is made up exclusively of work by writers who have not yet published a full-length book. The poems included in this eclectic sampling represent the best from the many that have been nominated by the country's top literary magazines and writing programs, as well as some two thousand additional poems submitted through an open online competition. The work of the fifty writers represented here provides the best perspective available on the continuing vitality of poetry as it is being practiced today.

Praise for earlier editions: " A] reminder that contemporary poetry is not only alive and well but continuing to evolve."--Publishers Weekly

" These poets] prove that American poetry has the strength and vision to move beyond the MFA environment in order to reshape and reflect past traditions."--Bloomsbury Review

"This collection stands out among the crowd claiming to represent emergent poets. Much of the editing and preliminary reading was done by emerging poets themselves, which results in an anthology that's fresh and eclectic, and may actually represent a significant portion of the best new poetry being written by the next generation."--Virginia Quarterly Review

Distributed for the Samovar Press in cooperation with Meridian: The Semi-Annual from the University of Virginia

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About the author (2016)

Mary Szybist is the author of the poetry collection Granted, which was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Incarnadine, which won the National Book Award. She is Associate Professor of English at Lewis & Clark College.

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