The Best American Poetry 1995 [NOOK Book]

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The Best American Poetry 1995 once again highlights the dazzling spectrum of style and subject matter to be found in the art today. Guest editor Richard Howard's accent is on discovery and surprise, and he has gleaned the most inventive and searching writing from a wide variety of literary journals. The themes and imagery here are indisputably "American," as our best poets continue to mine personal as well as communal experience for their work. Now in its eighth year, this series has established itself as a rich ...
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Overview

The Best American Poetry 1995 once again highlights the dazzling spectrum of style and subject matter to be found in the art today. Guest editor Richard Howard's accent is on discovery and surprise, and he has gleaned the most inventive and searching writing from a wide variety of literary journals. The themes and imagery here are indisputably "American," as our best poets continue to mine personal as well as communal experience for their work. Now in its eighth year, this series has established itself as a rich and vibrant source of new poetry -- celebrated in bookstores and on college campuses. Welcome, once again, the memorable voices and unique pleasures of Best American Poetry.

Featuring:

Margaret Atwood

Sally Ball

Catherine Bowman

Stephanie Brown

Lewis Buzbee

Cathleen Calbert

Rafael Campo

William Carpenter

Nicholas Christopher

Jane Cooper

James Cummins

Olena Kalytiak Davis

Lynn Emanuel

Elaine Equi

Irving Feldman

Donald Finkel

Aaron Fogel

Richard Frost

Allen Ginsberg

Peter Gizzi

Jody Gladding

Elton Glaser

Albert Goldbarth

Beckian Fritz Goldberg

Laurence Goldstein

Barbara Guest

Marilyn Hacker

Judith Hall

Anthony Hecht

Edward Hirsch

Janet Holmes

Andrew Hudgins

T.R. Hummer

Brigit Pegeen Kelly

Karl Kirchwey

Carolyn Kizer

Wayne Koestenbaum

John Koethe

Yusef Komunyakaa

Maxine Kumin

Lisa Lewis

Rachel Loden

Robert Hill Long

James Longenbach

Gail Mazur

J. D. McClatchy

Heather McHugh

Susan Musgrave

Charles North

Geoffrey O'Brien

Jacqueline Osherow

Molly Peacock

Carl Phillips

Marie Ponsot

Bin Ramke

Katrina Roberts

Michael J. Rosen

Kay Ryan

Mary Jo Salter

Tony Sanders

Stephen Sandy

Grace Schulman

Robyn Selman

Alan Shapiro

Reginald Shepherd

Anglea Sorby

Laurel Trivelpiece

Paul Violi

Arthur Vogelsang

David Wagoner

Charles H. Webb

Ed Webster

David Wojahn

Jay Wright

Stephen Yenser

The eighth volume in the popular series widely regarded as America's best poetry anthology, this outstanding series--the only collection which features the 75 best poems of the year--"has taken its place alongside America's most prestigious annuals" (Cleveland Plain Dealer). This year's edition boasts more newcomers and more women contributors than previous volumes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Howard's selection of 75 poems for this annual series edited by David Lehman will delight fans of formal traditions but may disappoint readers looking for poetry of socially conscious engagement, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E-school experimentation or non-white experience. While the works range widely in subject, in style the influence of New Formalism is pervasive-a cerebral tone and Latinate word choice give many poems a self-conscious, overwritten feel. Painful subjects, such as breast cancer, are often buried in obscure references that distance emotional response; even poems drawing from pop culture demonstrate an insular aspect. Where formal constraint combines with authentic voice, we are rewarded with powerful works: the radical brilliance of Molly Peacock, Grace Schulman's intelligent tenderness and David Wojahn's complex insight. J.D. McClatchy addresses mortality with candor and humor in ``My Mammogram,'' and Rafael Campo infuses biting political indictment with personal sorrow in ``The Battle Hymn of the Republic.'' A brief commentary by each of the writers on his/her poem gives a captivating glimpse into the writer's mind and an index lists poems and poets represented in the previous seven volumes of the series. (Sept.)
Library Journal
In an attempt to induce the "gratification of surprise," Howard (Like Most Revelations, LJ 1/94) changes the rules that governed earlier volumes of this annual collection, excluding work by all prior editors and those poets who appear in the series more than three times. But his choice of the best poems published last year in magazines-drawn heavily from the Yale, Paris, and Western Humanities reviews, two of which Howard edits-makes few concessions to literary ecumenism, evincing instead an editorial preference for rhyme, traditional poetic frames, accessible narratives, and rich diction. The result is a gallery of impressive technical accomplishment, marred slightly by several overly long, self-indulgent monologs. Fine poems by Nicholas Christopher on Bosnia and Rafael Campo on gays in the military provide contemporary interest, but the best treats come from the unheralded fringes: Lisa Lewis's tough and savvy "Bridget"; the spare, thought-tilting resonance of Geoffrey O'Brien's "The Interior Prisoner"; and Paul Violi's effusive, unpredictably strange "Scatter." Recommended for large poetry collections.-Fred Muratori, Cornell Univ. Lib., Ithaca, N.Y.
School Library Journal
YA-New poetry by contemporary poets, collected from a wide variety of literary journals. The contributors include recognized writers such as Margaret Atwood, Allen Ginsberg, and Molly Peacock. The book ends with contributor's notes that include some biographical information and comments about their poems.
Booknews
An anthology of modern American poetry, highlighting the 75 best poems of the year. Themes include personal and communal experience, and social issues such as war, urban violence, and gays in the military. Includes notes and comments from contributors, and a list of literary magazines where the poems were first published. This year's edition contains more newcomers and more women contributors than previous editions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Ray Olson
What a difference a year--or, rather, a wise editorial decision--makes. Last year, the seventh number of this annual was highly forgettable, thanks largely to too many back-patting inclusions of poems by series regulars. This year's deciding editor, Richard Howard, laid down a rule that poems by previous yearly editors and by poets whose work had appeared in three or more previous editions would be excluded. So 49 of the 76 poets represented are series newcomers (including, astonishingly enough, Margaret Atwood and Allen Ginsberg), and the eighth edition is a genuine voyage of discovery, thanks also, it should be added, to Howard's propensity for selecting fairly long poems. Oh, it's still too academic and New Yorkish for some tastes, but even without Molly Peacock's brow-and-other-body-parts-raising sequence on masturbation, "Have You Ever Faked an Orgasm?," this is the best "Best American Poetry" in some time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439106167
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 9/15/1995
  • Series: Best American Poetry Series
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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 New and Selected Poems, When a Woman Loves a Man, and The Daily Mirror. He teaches in the graduate writing program at the New School and lives in New York City and in Ithaca, New York.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction 15
Bored 21
Nocturnal 23
Mr. X 25
Schadenfreude 27
Sunday, Tarzan in His Hammock 29
The Woman Who Loved Things 31
The Battle Hymn of the Republic 33
Girl Writing a Letter 35
Terminus 37
The Infusion Room 40
Sestina 43
Thirty Years Rising 45
Film Noir: Train Trip Out of Metropolis 48
Sometimes I Get Distracted 50
Terminal Laughs 51
In the Clearing 54
The Printer's Error 65
For a Brother 68
Salutations to Fernando Pessoa 69
Another Day on the Pilgrimage 71
Asparagus 75
Undead White European Male 77
A Still Life, Symbolic of Lines 80
Being Pharaoh 83
Permissive Entry: A Sermon on Fame 88
If So 91
Days of 1992 93
St. Peregrinus' Cancer 96
Prospects 98
Unearthly Voices 99
Against the Literal 103
Seventeen 104
Apocatastasis Foretold in the Shape of a Canvas of Smoke 106
All Wild Animals Were Once Called Deer 108
Sonogram 113
On a Line from Valery 114
1975 115
Falling Water 117
Troubling the Water 129
Getting the Message 132
Bridget 134
My Night with Philip Larkin 137
Refuge 138
What You Find in the Woods 141
Fracture Santa Monica 143
My Mammogram 145
And What Do You Get 149
Exchange of Fire 150
Shooting for Line 152
The Interior Prisoner 158
Late Night Tete-a-Tete with a Moon in Transit 164
Have You Ever Faked an Orgasm? 175
Toys 179
Old Mama Saturday 181
How Light Is Spent 183
How Late Desire Looks 185
The Night Before His Parents' First Trip to Europe His Mother Writes a Letter 'To Our Children' 187
Outsider Art 189
The Age of Reason 190
Transit Authority 192
Threads 194
The Present Perfect 197
Avec Amour 199
Manufacturing 204
Brotherhood 208
Museum Piece 210
The Nursery 212
Scatter 214
The Nose, the Grand Canyon, and the Sixties 217
Walt Whitman Bathing 219
The Shape of History 221
San Joaquin Valley Poems: 1969 222
Homage to Ryszard Kapuscinski 225
The Cradle Logic of Autumn 229
Blue Guide 231
Contributors' Notes and Comments 239
Magazines Where the Poems Were First Published 283
Acknowledgments 286
Cumulative Series Index 290
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Haven

    Okay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Kova

    Lol... yeah.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    I miss you Xavier...I haven't been on because my parents blocked

    I miss you Xavier...I haven't been on because my parents blocked BandN .-.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    Eh, I dunno. Okay I suppose I miss you dearly, I miss all my fri

    Eh, I dunno. Okay I suppose I miss you dearly, I miss all my friends!!!!!! Dx I wish I could see you somehow. Dx Ugh. anyways I am glad to hear from you, Love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Hiya! how are chu????? ;3

    Hiya! how are chu????? ;3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    don't chu tell me what to do! ;3 I am glad i met you, honestly i

    don't chu tell me what to do! ;3 I am glad i met you, honestly i can say out of all the people i rp'd with since december you are the only person i chat with now, all the others just dissappeared after i left or something.... I have no idea i look for them at our old books and rps on the NOOK site but they are gone... it's like everything just has vanished... *rubs eyes* Anyways, I miss you and seem to be grower closer to you than anyone in the rp world. ;/ i think that is good because you are a good person and I loves you. *gives you a light grey teddy bear with white feet and a big white bow.* she is yours.... something to remember me by always. ^~^ I am not leaving but we don't talk as much so i am giving you a bear. *kisses your nose.* be good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    I will try my hardest to convince you in person, Sir Shteven. ;3

    I will try my hardest to convince you in person, Sir Shteven. ;3 Mmhm, I may come back, depends on how my life is and such. I don't really know what will happen, in May is when I get my NOOK back and stuff but idk if I will get an iphone or fb in the meantime. I am sure I will chat as much as I can with you anyways until then. I am doing okay, school is consuming me really. Still dating Trey, spending time with him on Saturday. I see him like four times a day. o.o Wow, I spend a lot of time with him so it's like school, boyfriend, family????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Shteven Alexander Hoyt. I will whoop chur butt. Chu will not die

    Shteven Alexander Hoyt. I will whoop chur butt. Chu will not die so shuthup. [: Anywho, I absolutely miss chu. );;;; I think I am over Cory at least okay with the fact of what happened, I do not care if it is true or not anymore, I do know that Tayler is not in a relationship with him and talking to him everyday in rl, I read her goodbyr post which she supiously posted not even an hour later after I posted mine a few weeks ago. -______- She made a big deal about how I shouldn't wait for him because he was with her and such then her post disappeared after people started jumping on her about making me feel sad or whatever. in her post of goodbyes she said, "I haven't talked to you in awhile but I miss you and love you." she also said you can read my more private gb at our book, which as lead people to believe he hasn't got caught rpin or has even quit. sho.... I do not know the real story and I am okay with that. I just find certain key facts here odd, you know? sorry, had to fill you in. x3 Sorry about my babbling and such.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    Thanks boo, I appreciate your inputs. ^^ maybe I can visit you s

    Thanks boo, I appreciate your inputs. ^^ maybe I can visit you sometime. I would like that a bunch, what part of Texas do you reside? ^^ What do you plan to do after highschool or homeschool? maybe we can go on Catfish the TV show and Niev can bring us together. xDD Kidding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    I am not sure maybe, I do not know those characters well, I feel

    I am not sure maybe, I do not know those characters well, I feel like the characters I use will be ones I know well, I would hate to offend them by not getting the character right. :/ Sowwweee, I miss you a ton and sorry I do not get on the interwebs often, I only tend to be on when I can at school and that ish only for sixth period. around 2:00 eastern time. I am working shooooooooo hard in school to get all A's so I can talk to you and others soon. I miss you a lot. ); ughhhhhhhh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Miss chu, Xavier. I am putting you in a story for my creative wr

    Miss chu, Xavier. I am putting you in a story for my creative writing class. I miss you a lot! I might be able to get a fb in October, if I have all A's then I get an Iphone so yeah!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Xavier

    o.o Hi. *hugs her face*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Hello??

    Hello??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Xavier Crin! I was been Super Serial. (Serious.) LOL. I'ma going

    Xavier Crin! I was been Super Serial. (Serious.) LOL. I'ma going to live in your room ^~^ Buuut, you see after I graduate next May I will be joining the Army shooo I be gone for a few weeks possibly two months.. but don't panic I will come back and live in your room some more ^~^ We can stay up late and tell stories xD Maybe we can go to Vegas and reenact The Hangover ^~^ I lerf that movie it is shooo funny! You probably haven't seen it though, don't be bummed I just watched it the other day and it came out four years ago. Now time to see 2 and 3 ^^ I can see them now because 17 can do alot for someone like me. :DD Anyhoot, I thought maybe he just didn't get on anymore.. so he is avoiding me. -__________- Oh Well. Movie night tonight with my youth group. Should be fun. ^~^ Wish I could meet you in rl. I needa FB. ;D Lerfs chu bestie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Have you seen Cory lately?

    Have you seen Cory lately?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Yes, Silly! I miss you bunchies!!!! Dx Grrr. That's it. I am run

    Yes, Silly! I miss you bunchies!!!! Dx Grrr. That's it. I am running away to your house and I am going to live with you in your room and that's final. No acceptions!!! xD We are going to be the best of friends ^~^ Buuuuuuut, You're gon'na hafta' share chur food wiff me. Just um, snuck some up to your room. ^^ See, PLANNED OUT. Now all we are going to have to figure out sleeping arrangements. I will sleep in your bed and you on the floor... or we can share your bed XD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Thanks Love, You're the best!!!!!! I'm glad your my bestie. I am

    Thanks Love, You're the best!!!!!! I'm glad your my bestie. I am sooooooo glad I met you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Sir Xavier, Does rhyme you punk! ^~^ I miss Cory but I posted so

    Sir Xavier, Does rhyme you punk! ^~^ I miss Cory but I posted something at our book and he didn't even say anything... I'm scared when I get back he isn't going to be here anymore... like llast time.. I left and he moved on and I came back and... I just got him back and now it's going to happen all over again Xavier... What do I do?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Xavier

    Sho smart. xD Great plan of sarcasmness!! Nyeh, l've not spoken to him at our book obviously. We talk only a little bit at SL...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Kova

    Sadly. There is only one person I'd rather hang out with.

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