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Edited this year by acclaimed poet and writer Mark Doty, the foremost annual anthology of contemporary American poetry returns.
Over the last twenty-five years, the Best American Poetry series has become a mainstay in the poetry world and beyond. An eagerly awaited yearly event, it is an essential guide to contemporary American verse and the poets who define it.
The poems appearing in the 2012 edition of The Best American Poetry have been chosen by National Book Award-winning poet Mark Doty with his customary care, intelligence, and passion for the art.
Stanley Kunitz said, “With his clarity of vision and great heart, Doty stands as an emblematic and shining presence.” The vitality, imagination, and compassion that have illuminated Doty’s own work are reflected in his selections for this year’s anthology. In it are poems of high moral earnestness and poems in a comic register; poems in venerable forms and poems that test the boundaries of innovative composition; poems by eminences and by virtual unknowns.
And as always, the anthology opens with David Lehman’s incisive look at the current state of American poetry.
|Series:||Best American Poetry Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.66(d)|
About the Author
Guest Editor Mark Doty is an American poet whose collection, Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems won the National Book Award for poetry in 2008. His nonfiction book, Dog Years, was a New York Times bestseller. His many other honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He is a professor at Rutgers University and lives in New York City and on the east end of Long Island.
Series Editor David Lehman is the author of seven books of poetry, including When a Woman Loves a Man. The editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry, he lives in New York City.
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