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The Best American Poetry 2009
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The Best American Poetry 2009

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by David Wagoner (Editor), David Lehman (Editor)

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Award-winning poet David Wagoner and renowned editor David Lehman present the twenty-second edition of the Best American Poetry series—"a ‘best’ anthology that really lives up to its title" (Chicago Tribune).

Eagerly anticipated by scholars, students, readers, and poets alike, Scribner’s Best American Poetry series

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Best American Poetry 2009 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Reimagine More than 1 year ago
David Lehman's Foreword is, as usual, refreshing and insightful. He begins with "What is a poet?" In his definitive and stimulating fashion, he analyzes this question with perspectives of writers ranging from Shelley, Emerson, and Kierkegaard, to Internet bloggers. David Wagoner gives the reader an inside view of what is involved in compiling an anthology entitled "the best American poetry," and the responsibility a guest editor voluntarily shoulders. Woven through the Introduction is an enlightening chronology of the evolution of poetry publications from the days he first submitted poems as a student following World War II, through his years as an editor and now, as a guest editor. Without remarking on each of the seventy-five poems Wagoner selected, I will say that although I recognize most of the poets, it is apparent that the selections are Wagoner's and that he reviewed works from an extremely wide range of publications. The notes and comments of the poets give the reader a comprehensive backstory for each poem.
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Jasmin_N_ More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. i was on my way out of B&N when i spotted it. I enjoy collecting books and reading poems, although i have to admit, that it takes me several times to reread a poem in order to fully understand it. I had to see if this book was worth getting, so i read a poem here and there, and understood it completely. I say it's definitely worth getting especially if you have the time to just sit down and read and understand what the poems are trying to tell you. i have time on my hands, because i'm on vacation, and if you love poems just as much as i do, but dont have that much time to read, just try reading a stanza or two, because each one means alot. This book gave me alot to think about. It was amazing, and i loved it. I hope this helped; if not, im sorry.. enjoy!
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