Best New Poets 2013: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers

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Praise for earlier editions:"[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 ...

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Overview

Praise for earlier editions:"[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.... [Best New Poets] assures the reader that poetry, even in a generation of text messaging and MP3 players, is still alive and well. The youthfulness of the anthology, combined with the wide scope of its contents, is apparent in the poems, which are edgy and daring."-- Virginia Quarterly Review

Entering its eighth 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.

Samovar Press/Meridian

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/23/2013
In its ninth installment, this anthology, guest-edited this year by Brenda Shaughnessy (Our Andromeda; Danziger is the series editor), brings together 50 poems by writers who have yet to publish a full-length collection. The work, much of it nominated by university writing programs and literary journals, is diverse in voice and subject matter, providing an effective barometer of contemporary American poetry. In Cori A. Winrock's "Débridement," pregnancy is imagined as moving back in time: "I dig a tunnel to my grandmother straight through/ my mother," which leads to the devastating lines: "When I arrive at my childhood I undress/ the house like a wound." Elsewhere, the music of Lo Kwa Mei-en's "Romance in Which Open Season Changes Everything" disturbingly conflates sexual and hunting imagery: "From ugly to ugly and armed. The hunt. One hot vex/…/ Love like how a wasteland/ welcomes back. Like to eat alive and start with the hand/ you asked for." The poems seem to owe as much to 20th-century traditions as to the spirit of invention, and, as such, are a reminder that contemporary poetry is not only alive and well but continuing to evolve. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976629689
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 8/29/2013
  • Series: Best New Poets
  • Pages: 117
  • Sales rank: 465,110
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Shaughnessy is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers-Newark University and Poetry Editor at Large at Tin House Magazine. She is the author of Our Andromeda and Human Dark with Sugar, and her poetry has appeared in H arper’s, McSweeney’s, the Nation, the New Yorker, and the Paris Review.

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