The Best American Poetry 2009

The Best American Poetry 2009


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The Best American Poetry 2009 by David Wagoner

Award-winning poet David Wagoner and renowned editor David Lehman present the twenty-second edition of the Best American Poetry series—"a ‘best’ anthology that really lives up to its title" (Chicago Tribune).

Eagerly anticipated by scholars, students, readers, and poets alike, Scribner’s Best American Poetry series has achieved brand-name status in the literary world, serving as a yearly guide to who’s who in American poetry. Known for his marvelous narrative skill and humane wit, David Wagoner is one of the few poets of his generation to win the universal admiration of his peers. Working in conjunction with series editor David Lehman, Wagoner brings his refreshing eye to this year’s anthology. With new work by established poets, such as Billy Collins, Denise Duhamel, Mark Doty, and Bob Hicok, The Best American Poetry 2009 also features some of tomorrow’s leading luminaries. Readers of all ages and backgrounds will treasure this illuminating collection of modern American verse.

With its high-profile editorship and its generous embrace of American poetry in all its exuberant variety, the Best American Poetry series continues to be, as Robert Pinsky says, "as good a comprehensive overview of contemporary poetry as there can be."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743299770
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 09/22/2009
Series: Best American Poetry Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Born in Ohio, raised in Indiana, David Wagoner moved to Seattle and became one of the most distinctive voices of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to his many poetry collections, most recently A Map of the Night (2008), he has written ten novels, including The Escape Artist (1965), which Francis Ford Coppola adapted into a movie. A former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Wagoner edited Poetry Northwest from 1966 until its last issue in 2002. He is an emeritus professor at the University of Washington and lives in Bothell, Washington.

David Lehman is the series editor of The Best American Poetry. He is the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry and the author of seven books of poetry, including When a Woman Loves a Man. He teaches in the graduate writing program of the New School and lives in New York City.

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Reimagine More than 1 year ago
David Lehman's Foreword is, as usual, refreshing and insightful. He begins with "What is a poet?" In his definitive and stimulating fashion, he analyzes this question with perspectives of writers ranging from Shelley, Emerson, and Kierkegaard, to Internet bloggers. David Wagoner gives the reader an inside view of what is involved in compiling an anthology entitled "the best American poetry," and the responsibility a guest editor voluntarily shoulders. Woven through the Introduction is an enlightening chronology of the evolution of poetry publications from the days he first submitted poems as a student following World War II, through his years as an editor and now, as a guest editor. Without remarking on each of the seventy-five poems Wagoner selected, I will say that although I recognize most of the poets, it is apparent that the selections are Wagoner's and that he reviewed works from an extremely wide range of publications. The notes and comments of the poets give the reader a comprehensive backstory for each poem.
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Jasmin_N_ More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. i was on my way out of B&N when i spotted it. I enjoy collecting books and reading poems, although i have to admit, that it takes me several times to reread a poem in order to fully understand it. I had to see if this book was worth getting, so i read a poem here and there, and understood it completely. I say it's definitely worth getting especially if you have the time to just sit down and read and understand what the poems are trying to tell you. i have time on my hands, because i'm on vacation, and if you love poems just as much as i do, but dont have that much time to read, just try reading a stanza or two, because each one means alot. This book gave me alot to think about. It was amazing, and i loved it. I hope this helped; if not, im sorry.. enjoy!
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