A New Plèiade is a celebration of close literary friendships among seven eminent American poets -- Fred Chappell, Kelly Cherry, R. H. W. Dillard, Brendan Galvin, George Garrett, David R. Slavitt, and Henry Taylor. The affection, fun, and mutual respect of this happy association of poets have resulted in this anthology, in which the selection from the work of each was made by the contributor whose name precedes his or hers alphabetically
.Endowed with great variety as well as delightful and unexpected connections of subjects and personae, A New Plèiade is exceptional not only because it unites in a single volume these seven accomplished poets: the real allure of this enchanting, broadly appealing collection is the diversity, the vast scope of their masterful voices. The bucolic musings of Fred Chappell greet the reader, followed by the searching, graceful lamentations of Kelly Cherry, the unconventional observations of R.H.W. Dillard, and the eccentric creations of Brendan Galvin. George Garrett's precise, shining insights precede David R. Slavitt's erudite, witty contemplations until, alas, Henry Taylor bids farewell by bringing us full circle, back to a pastoral world reminiscent of Chappell's rural samplings.
These poets have been delighting and entertaining one another -- and their loyal readers -- for decades. With A New Plèiade, these seven illustrious bards -- and good friends -- are able to settle comfortably between the covers of one extraordinary book.