Best New Poets 2012: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers

Best New Poets 2012: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers


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Entering its seventh year, Best New Poets has established itself as a crucial venue for rising poets and a valuable resource for poetry lovers. The only publication of its kind, this annual anthology is made up exclusively of work by writers who have not yet published a full-length book. The poems included in this eclectic sampling represent the best from the many that have been nominated by the country’s top literary magazines and writing programs, as well as some two thousand additional poems submitted through an open online competition. The work of the fifty writers represented here provides the best perspective available on the continuing vitality of poetry as it is being practiced today.

Praise for earlier editions:

"[These poets] prove that American poetry has the strength and vision to move beyond the MFA environment in order to reshape and reflect past traditions."— Bloomsbury Review

"This collection stands out among the crowd claiming to represent emergent poets. Much of the editing and preliminary reading was done by emerging poets themselves, which results in an anthology that's fresh and eclectic, and may actually represent a significant portion of the best new poetry being written by the next generation.... [ Best New Poets] assures the reader that poetry, even in a generation of text messaging and MP3 players, is still alive and well. The youthfulness of the anthology, combined with the wide scope of its contents, is apparent in the poems, which are edgy and daring."— Virginia Quarterly Review

Distributed for the Samovar Press in cooperation with Meridian: The Semi-Annual from the University of Virginia

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780976629672
Publisher: Samovar Press/Meridian
Publication date: 12/17/2012
Series: Best New Poets
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Matthew Dickman is the author of All-American Poem, which won the 2009 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the inaugural May Sarton Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His poetry has appeared in the Missouri Review and the New Yorker.

Table of Contents

About Best New Poets ix

Introduction Matthew Dickman xi

Black Hole Owners Association Sean Bishop 1

Alice Considers History Sophia G. Starmack 4

Lyrics to the Radiator's Hymn Lexa Hillyer 5

Rough Draft of a Poem About Heartbeats Michael Martin Shea 7

Score for the New Cotillion Allyson Paty 9

As a Debutante I Adjusted My Hatpin Jennifer Moore 10

Meds Erin Ganaway 12

Salvation History Bradley Harrison 13

Circle Christine Stroik Stocke 15

Intrinsic Marimbas Daniel Meltz 16

Months After the Crash, the Blind Aerobatic Pilot Speaks Jenny Gropp Hess 19

Maggie Leaves the Underworld Janet McNally 22

Self-Portrait in Unfinished Letters Victoria Lynne McCoy 24

A Compendium of Photographs: L'inconnue de la Seine Chuck Carlise 27

Thursdays in the Faubourg Marigny Michele Poulos 35

Black Icarus Harry Bauld 37

On the Isle of Erytheia Timothy Daniel Welch 38

Taking Care Cate Lycurgus 40

Tabernacle for an Adolescence Corey Van Landingham 42

O Anchor Matthew Nienow 44

I Promised Her My Hands Wouldn't Get Any Larger Oliver Bendorf 45

Homosexuality Tory Adkisson 46

The Measure of Vessel and Nerve Aviva Englander Cristy 47

Why My Mother is Afraid of Heights Shevaun Brannigan 51

Saint Wrench Jeff Oaks 53

Ocean Quahog Ross White 54

For Anna on the Day a Man Flashed Her on the Beach Paul Hlava 55

Again, Let's Do It Again Meghan Privitello 60

What To Expect When You Become A Motel Balcony Sarah Green 61

No Such Thing as Acceptance Meggie Monahan 62

Story with a Heart-Shaped Hole in It Michael Roche 63

Bodega Gale Marie Thompson 64

Double Acrostic for Francis Ponge Martin Rock 65

Ode to Stretch Armstrong Ben Purkert 68

The Dwarf Hamster Rebecca Bauman 69

What to Say When You Come Home to Find Him Wearing Your Clothes Kasandra Larsen 71

Colors Developed by Sherwin-Williams Laboratories But Rejected by Marketing John Savoie 72

Beekeeper Outside Escanaba, Michigan Hannah Baker-Siroty 74

Mosquito Hawk Colin Pope 75

Family Portrait Kelly Michels 76

As If Mia Ayumi Malhotra 78

Albania Elizabeth T. Gray 79

Erytheia Theadora Siranian 81

Stemma Jane Wong 86

Break Terry Lucas 91

Appalachian Homecoming Chris Tanseer 93

Northern Corn Anders Carlson-Wee 95

Oxen on the Last Day Patrick Haas 97

Until Bullets Turn to Rain Against Your Flesh Martin Arnold 99

Fidelity Christopher Nelson 101

Contributors' Notes 102

Acknowledgments 114

Participating Magazines 116

Participating Writing Programs 124

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