Best of the Best American Poetry: 25th Anniversary Edition

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David Lehman, Robert Pinsky
Simon and Schuster, Apr 9, 2013 - Poetry - 322 pages
Robert Pinsky, distinguished poet and man of letters, selects the top 100 poems from twenty-five years of The Best American Poetry

THIS SPECIAL EDITION CELEBRATES twenty-five years of the Best American Poetry series, which has become an institution. The Best American Poetry is the most prestigious poetry publication in the United States and has been so almost from its inception in 1988. Hotly debated, keenly monitored, ardently advocated (or denounced), and obsessively scrutinized, every volume in the series consists of seventy-five poems chosen by a major American poet—from John Ashbery in 1988 to Mark Doty in 2012, with stops along the way for such poets as Jorie Graham, Charles Simic, A. R. Ammons, Louise Glück, James Tate, Adrienne Rich, Paul Muldoon, Billy Collins, Heather McHugh, and Kevin Young.

Out of the 1,875 poems that have appeared in The Best American Poetry, here are 100 that Robert Pinsky, the distinguished poet and man of letters, has chosen for this milestone edition. Each volume in the series is represented, and the result is a pleasure-giving book of twice-honored poems that readers will find indispensable. The Best of the Best American Poetry is proof positive that the art form is flourishing. The volume is a reminder, too, of the role this anthology series has played in the resurgence of interest in American poetry in the last quarter century.

With dazzling introductory essays by guest editor Robert Pinsky and series editor David Lehman, The Best of the Best American Poetry includes up-to-date biographies of the poets, along with the comments they made when the poems were originally selected. This is an invaluable addition to the cherished series.

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Not surprisingly, this Best American Poetry anthology was better than any of the others I've read. The entries are consistent, with some scattered classics (i.e., Ammons's "Garbage" and Hirshfield's "In Praise of Coldness") and only a few clunkers. Read full review

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In this second "Best of the Best"—the first being Harold Bloom's cantankerous tenth anniversary selection—guest editor former poet laureate Pinsky (The Figured Wheel) chooses his 100 favorites from ... Read full review


Sherman Alexie Terminal Nostalgia
A R Amnions Garbage
Frane Bidart Injunction
Henri Cole SelfPortrait as Four Styles ofPompeian Wall
Olena Kalytiale Davis You Art A Scholar Horatio Speak
Susan Dicleman Skin
Rita Dove All Souls
Allen Ginsberg Salutations to Fernando Pessoa
David Lehman Operation Memory
Sarah Mangnso Hell
James McMichael From The Person She Is
W S Meritin The Stranger
Harryette Mnllen From Mnse 8 Drndge
Sharon Olds Q
Carl Phillips Fretwork
David Rivard The Rev Larry Love Is Dead

Jorie Graham Manifest Destiny
Linda Gregerson Safe
Donald Hall Prophecy
Robert Hass Bushs War
Lyn Hejinian The Polar Circle
Brenda Hillman Phone Booth
John Hollander The SeeSaw
Major Jacleson From Urban Renewal
Kenneth Koch Proverb
Kay Ryan Outsider Art
Lloyd Schwartz Pornography
Frederice Seidel The Death of the Shah
Charles Simic Country Fair
Rnth Stone The Latest Hotel Guest Walks Over Particles
James Tate Bounden Duty
Rosanna Warren Necrophiliac

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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. He lives in New York City and Ithaca, New York.

Robert Pinsky was the nation's Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000. An acclaimed poet and scholar of poetry, he is also an internationally renowned man of letters. His Selected Poems was published in paperback in March 2012. His other books include The Sounds of Poetry: A Brief Guide and his bestselling translation The Inferno of Dante, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He teaches at Boston University and is the poetry editor at Slate.

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