The Best of the Best American Poetry

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5.4 X 8.3 X 1.0 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

David Lehman, the series editor of The Best American Poetry, edited The Oxford Book of American Poetry. His eleven books of poetry include The Morning Line, Playlist, Poems in the Manner Of, New and Selected Poems, When a Woman Loves a Man, and The Daily Mirror. The most recent of his many nonfiction books is The Mysterious Romance of Murder: Crime, Detection, and the Spirit of Noir. He lives in New York City and Ithaca, New York. Robert Pinsky was the nation's Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000. An acclaimed poet and scholar of poetry, he is also an internationally renowned man of letters. His Selected Poems was published in paperback in March 2012. His other books include The Sounds of Poetry: A Brief Guide and his bestselling translation The Inferno of Dante, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He teaches at Boston University and is the poetry editor at Slate.


"A concentrated, high-caliber, and exhilarating overview of the intensity and artistry that have made American poetry so splendidly varied and vital...This is an anthology of broad scope, serious pleasure, and invaluable illumination."--Donna Seaman "Booklist "
"This indispensable volume, with its rich mix of voices, forms and techniques, serves as a melting pot of contemporary American verse."--Julie Hale "BookPage "
"The strength of [The Best of the Best American Poetry] is its sense of subjectivity, the way these poems illustrate their editor's aesthetic, and in so doing, tell us something of how poetry operates in the world...These are poems that take the personal and make it universal, not by grand statements but by specific observation, building a common vision out of the very things that hold us apart."--David Ulin "Los Angeles Times "
"The Best of the Best American Poetry collects 100 splendid works by American poets from a quarter-century of the Best American Poetry series."--Colette Bancroft "Monterey County Herald "
"It takes special chutzpah and perspective to pick the poems that deserve to make the best cut twice--and Pinsky's fine collection proves that he's got the chops to do it...His selection is so rich and diverse one can't help but find several poems that will brighten any winter day...The Best of the Best American Poetry is a collection that never stops bringing light."--Bruce Jacobs "Shelf Awareness "
"[A] survey of the past quarter-century of American verse...No doubt, some readers will discover new favorites here."--Publishers Weekly