The Best American Poetry 2006

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The Best American Poetry 2006 by Billy Collins

"So welcome, readers, to a plurality of poets, a cornucopia of tropes, and a range of interests."

— From Billy Collins's introduction

The Best American Poetry series offers a distinguished poet's selection of poems published in the course of a year. The guest editor for 2006 is Billy Collins, one of our most beloved poets, who has chosen poems of wit, humor, imagination, and surprise, in an array of styles and forms. The result is a celebration of the pleasures of poetry — from Laura Cronk's marvelous "Sestina for the Newly Married" to the elegant limericks of R. S. Gwynn and from Reb Livingston on butter to Mark Halliday's "Refusal to Notice Beautiful Women."

In his charming and candid introduction Collins explains how he chose seventy-five poems from among the thousands he considered. With insightful comments from the poets illuminating their work, and series editor David Lehman's thought-provoking foreword, The Best American Poetry 2006 is a brilliant addition to a series that links the most noteworthy verse and prose poems of our time to a readership as discerning as it is devoted to the art of poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743229678
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 09/12/2006
Series: Best American Poetry Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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 Poems in the Manner Of, New and Selected Poems, Yeshiva Boys, When a Woman Loves a Man, and The Daily Mirror. His most recent nonfiction book is Sinatra’s Century. He teaches at The New School and lives in New York City and Ithaca, New York.

Billy Collins is the award-winning author of The Trouble with Poetry, Nine Horses, Sailing Alone Around the Room, and Picnic, Lightning, among other poetry collections. He has edited the anthologies Poetry 180 and 180 More. He is a distinguished professor of English at Lehman College, City University of New York, where he has taught for the past thirty years. From 2001 to 2003 he served as the Poet Laureate of the United States.


Somers, New York

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1941

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Holy Cross College, 1963; Ph.D. in Romantic poetry, University of California at Riverside, 1971

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Best American Poetry 2006 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He is an inspiration for me and his poetry has always impressed me evey time i read them.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As I read this compilation, I was immediately struck by how wonderfully joyous and playful so many of the poems here are. I get enough gloom and doom in my daily life--when I reach for literature, I 'sometimes' want a measure of respite from the world's cares--a respite which very few contemporary poets seem willing/able to provide. Joie de vivre hasn't been in vogue for a long time--maybe this compilation will bring on a wave of Shiny Happy People.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This should be a yearly opportunity to talk about all the exciting things happening in American poetry. Unfortunately Scribner has allowed it to become David Lehman's vanity press. Most of the people included in this anthology are one degree of seperation from either Lehman or Billy Collins personally. From reading this you might assume that The New School is the premiere Poetry Program in the country. It's not. This anthology has become an nepotistic orgy. Billy Collins' intro is revealing only in that he seems to not like poetry very much. Stop giving these people your money--for any poet to buy this anthology is an act of self-hatred.