American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry

American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry

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by David St. John
     
 

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This spirited anthology of contemporary American poetry focuses on the new poem—the hybrid—a synthesis of traditional and experimental styles.
As Cole Swensen argues in the introduction to this comprehensive new anthology, the long-acknowledged "fundamental division" between experimental and traditional is disappearing in American poetry in favor of

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This spirited anthology of contemporary American poetry focuses on the new poem—the hybrid—a synthesis of traditional and experimental styles.
As Cole Swensen argues in the introduction to this comprehensive new anthology, the long-acknowledged "fundamental division" between experimental and traditional is disappearing in American poetry in favor of hybrid approaches that blend trends from accessible lyricism to linguistic exploration. The focus in American Hybrid is on the blend; the more than seventy poets featured here—including Jorie Graham, Albert Goldbarth, and Lyn Hejinian—have found new and often unique ways to reconfigure the innumerable and sometimes conflicting voices of the past thirty years. The editors have crafted short introductory essays on each of the poets in the anthology, providing biographical backgrounds and positioning them within the current of contemporary poetry. This new anthology is essential reading for those who care about the present moment—and the future—of American verse.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In their introductions, editors Swensen and St. John, both accomplished and forward-thinking poets, outline the contention that spurred this anthology: for a long time, poetry has been divided, or has divided itself, into two basic camps, traditional and experimental. In contemporary American poetry, the editors argue, and the poets collected here demonstrate, these distinctions no longer make sense, as poets now draw equally from both traditions, often in the same poem. Hence these generous selections from 73 poets who seek to blend, in varying degrees, the straightforward clarity and formal rigor of the long poetic tradition with the disjunction, self-consciousness and obscurity of experimental poetics. Some names will be familiar to the casual reader of American poetry (John Ashbery, Jorie Graham, Robert Hass); some are well known in poetry circles (Brenda Hillman, D.A. Powell, Donald Revell); and others are totally new to this kind of anthology, such as the amazing and subtle Martha Ronk ("When it is raining it is raining for all time then it isn't") and Bin Ramke, a master of the commingling of old and new. For serious readers of poetry, novices looking for a way in to what's new, and, perhaps especially, for poetry professors, this is a must-have book. (Mar.)

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Library Journal

Should poetry be traditional? Or experimental? For a long time, people were asked to pick sides, but there's a growing recognition that the best American poetry combines strands of both. From the truly established (John Ashbery, Robert Hass) to the edgier (Rae Armantrout, Lyn Hejinian), here are poets who know that the best work can never really be labeled. (LJ12/08)


—Barbara Hoffert

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393333756
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/04/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
1,139,330
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

David St. John has published nine collections of poetry, including The Face. He teaches at the University of Southern California and lives in Venice, California.

Cole Swensen's most recent collection is The Glass Age. She teaches at the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop and lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

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cristina915 More than 1 year ago
I don't like all the poems, but there are some that I really enjoy. Is it worth buying? Maybe, depends who you are. There are just some poems that I can't accept due to the structure... it makes no sense to me, but I try and wrestle with it from time to time. I do really enjoy the cover art and its uniqueness. And how can it be anything but intellectually stimulating?