American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry

American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393333756
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 629,073
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About 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.

A Guggenheim fellow and professor at Brown University, COLE SWENSEN is the author of more than ten poetry collections and many translations of works from the

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American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
plenilune on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
American Hybrid culls a wide range of subject matter, as I suppose any good anthology should. Admittedly, I'm not a fan of the more experimental, in art or literature, but as someone beginning to get comfortable with the moniker of "poet" I wanted to learn more of the current world of poetry. Since this book stirred up a buzz when released, I thought this would be a good place to explore a larger evolving movement. Some of the more experimental poems in this book lost me, and some I must add just never had me. I didn't get it. It didn't feel like poetry to me. I'm not one of those folks who needs meter or rhyme to make it a poem, but, like pornography, I know it when I see it (or hear it). That said, there were poems here I enjoyed. Some I didn't get, but I still left them with satisfaction. Ultimately, though , it did what a good anthology does best: it introduced me to some talented writers doing interesting things. Worth a look, and worth finishing. Don't give up on it just because you feel a little lost. Skip around between poets. Open to a random page. There is plenty of great poetry here.
RachelWeaver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This anthology caused me to buy no less than 10 new volumes of poetry.
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?