Edited this year by beloved and inventive poet Denise Duhamel, the foremost annual anthology of contemporary American poetry returns.
OVER THE LAST TWENTY-FIVE YEARS, the Best American Poetry series has become an annual rite of autumn, eagerly awaited and hotly debated: “an essential purchase” (The Washington Post). This year, guest editor Denise Duhamel brings her wit and enthusiasm and her commitment to poetry in all its wide variety to bear on her choices for the 2013 edition of The Best American Poetry. Like her own vivacious, moving, and sometimes hilarious poems, bursting with energy and displaying an extraordinary dexterity, the acts of imagination included here testify to the vitality of the art in the United States today.
Readers of The Best American Poetry 2013 will encounter such known stars as Kim Addonizio, Tony Hoagland, James Tate, and Mary Ruefle side by side with the rising voices of Nin Andrews, Bruce Bond, Anna Maria Hong, Timothy Donnelly, and Jericho Brown. This edition opens with David Lehman’s incisive “state of the art” essay and Denise Duhamel’s engagingly candid discussion of the seventy-five poems that made her final cut.
About the Author
Denise Duhamel is professor of English at Florida International University. She is the author of many poetry collections, including Two and Two and Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems. Duhamel has also coedited, with Maureen Seaton and David Trinidad, Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry. The recipient of numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, she has been anthologized widely, appearing in six volumes of The Best American Poetry.
David Lehman, who founded The Best American Poetry series in 1988, 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 at the New School and lives in New York City and in Ithaca, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“The Best American Poetry 2013” by one of my favorite modern poets, David Lehman. It is the third edition I have in the series and is as good, or even better, than the previous two. This year’s guest editor is Denise Duhmel and she has chosen a wide variety of selections. Her choices include established and well known poets to new and exciting up and comers. There is something in the collection for everyone and it is truly representative of the best writing today. I enjoy having this edition on my end table where each evening I can get some hot tea and read one or two poems and allow them to open a world beyond my couch. As always, this collection will be appreciated for years to come.