The Best American Poetry series is a beloved mainstay of American poetry. This year's edition was edited by one of the most admired and acclaimed poets of his generation, Charles Wright. Known for his meditative and beautiful observations of landscape, change, and time, Wright brings his particular sensibility to this year's anthology, which contains an ecumenical slant that is unprecedented for the series. He has gathered an astonishing selection of work that includes new poems by Carolyn Forché, Jorie Graham, Louise Glück, Frank Bidart, Frederick Seidel, Patti Smith, and Kevin Young and showcases a dazzling array of rising stars like Joshua Beckman, Erica Dawson, and Alex Lemon.
With captivating and revelatory notes from the poets on their works and sage and erudite introductory essays by Wright and series editor David Lehman, The Best American Poetry 2008 will be read, discussed, debated, and prized for years to come.
|Series:||Best American Poetry Series|
|Product dimensions:||8.34(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.58(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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This lovely volume of contemporary American poetry offers a collection that spans a wide gamut of voices, styles, subject matter and formats. Overall, the poetry is compelling and thought-provoking. Many of the pieces are especially touching. At some point almost every day, I pick this book up and discover another beautiful, fresh voice of America. It would make a wonderful gift for any friend who loves poetry or seems primed to be turned on to poetry. The paperback version is nicely produced, with a clear, readable font and enough "air" on the pages to be visually appealing.