The best of The best American poetry

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Robert Pinsky, distinguished poet and man of letters, selects the top 100 poems from twenty-five years of The Best American Poetry

THIS SPECIAL EDITION CELEBRATES twenty-five years of the Best American Poetry series, which has become an institution. The Best American Poetry is the most prestigious poetry publication in the United States and has been so almost from its inception in 1988. Hotly debated, keenly monitored, ardently advocated (or denounced), and obsessively scrutinized, every volume in the series consists of seventy-five poems chosen by a major American poet--from John Ashbery in 1988 to Mark Doty in 2012, with stops along the way for such poets as Jorie Graham, Charles Simic, A. R. Ammons, Louise Glück, James Tate, Adrienne Rich, Paul Muldoon, Billy Collins, Heather McHugh, and Kevin Young.

Out of the 1,875 poems that have appeared in The Best American Poetry , here are 100 that Robert Pinsky, the distinguished poet and man of letters, has chosen for this milestone edition. Each volume in the series is represented, and the result is a pleasure-giving book of twice-honored poems that readers will find indispensable. The Best of the Best American Poetry is proof positive that the art form is flourishing. The volume is a reminder, too, of the role this anthology series has played in the resurgence of interest in American poetry in the last quarter century.

With dazzling introductory essays by guest editor Robert Pinsky and series editor David Lehman, The Best of the Best American Poetry includes up-to-date biographies of the poets, along with the comments they made when the poems were originally selected. This is an invaluable addition to the cherished series.
Terminal nostalgia / Sherman Alexie
Garbage / A.R. Ammons
Soft money / Rae Armantrout
Wakefulness / John Ashbery
Bored / Margaret Atwood
Injunction / Frank Bidart
Feminine intuition / Stephanie Brown
Three oranges / Charles Bukowski
The life of towns / Anne Carson
Self-portrait as four styles of Pompeian wall painting / Henri Cole
Dharma / Billy Collins
En famille / Robert Creeley
You art a scholar, Horatio, speak to it / Olena Kalytiak Davis
Our generation / Carl Dennis
Skin / Susan Dickman
Desire / Stephen Dobyns
Difference / Mark Doty
All souls' / Rita Dove
How it will end / Denise Duhamel
The imagined / Stephen Dunn
Powers of Congress / Alice Fulton
Salutations to Fernando Pessoa / Allen Ginsberg
Landscape / Louise Glück
Manifest destiny / Jorie Graham
Safe / Linda Gregerson
The war / Linda Gregg
Cafeteria in Boston / Thom Gunn
Prophecy / Donald Hall
The opaque / Mark Halliday
Bush's war / Robert Hass
A house is not a home / Terrance Hayes
The polar circle / Lyn Hejinian
Having intended to merely pick on an oil company, the poem goes awry / Bob Hicok
Phone booth / Brenda Hillman
Man on a fire escape / Edward Hirsch
In praise of coldness / Jane Hirshfield
In a quiet town by the sea / Tony Hoagland
The see-saw / John Hollander
Like most revelations / Richard Howard
9-11-01 / Fanny Howe
Magdalene, the seven devils / Marie Howe
From "Urban renewal" / Major Jackson
Plea for forgiveness / Rodney Jones
So where are we? / Lawrence Joseph
Reading aloud to my father / Jane Kenyon
Proverb / Kenneth Koch
Sally's hair / John Koethe
Facing it / Yusef Komunyakaa
Touch me / Stanley Kunitz
Operation memory / David Lehman
The return / Philip Levine
The autobiography of Khwaja Mustasim / Amit Majmudar
Hell / Sarah Manguso
My mammogram / J.D. McClatchy
Past all understanding / Heather McHugh
From "The person she is" / James McMichael
The 'ring' cycle / James Merrill
The stranger / W.S. Merwin
There will be animals / Thylias Moss
The loaf / Paul Muldoon
From Muse & drudge / Harryette Mullen
Hate mail / Carol Muske-Dukes
Q / Sharon Olds
The window at Arles / Meghan O'Rourke
I do not / Michael Palmer
Fretwork / Carl Phillips
Samurai song / Robert Pinsky
A short narrative of breasts and wombs in service of plot entitled / Claudia Rankine
Ends of the earth / Adrienne Rich
The Rev. Larry Love is dead / David Rivard
Discounting Lynn / J. Allyn Rosser
Middle school / Mary Ruefle
Outsider art / Kay Ryan
Switchblade / Michael Ryan
Let's all hear it for Mildred Bailey! / James Schuyler
Pornography / Lloyd Schwartz
The death of the shah / Frederick Seidel
- Country western singer / Alan Shapiro
Country fair / Charles Simic
At the pool / Tom Sleigh
Building / Gary Snyder
Asphodel / A.E. Stallings
The latest hotel guest walks over particles that revolve in seven other dimensions controlling latticed space / Ruth Stone
From Dark harbor / Mark Strand
Forty / Pamela Sutton
Bounden duty / James Tate
Elegy / Natasha Trethewey
Counterman / Paul Violi
Necrophiliac / Rosanna Warren
Time pieces / Rachel Wetzsteon
A filial republic / Susan Wheeler
- This pleasing anxious being / Richard Wilbur
A hundred bones / C.K. Williams
The mill-race / Anne Winters
American twilight / Charles Wright
A happy thought / Franz Wright
Religion / Robert Wrigley
Vespers / C. Dale Young
No forgiveness ode / Dean Young
Lime light blues / Kevin Young.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Each year a new volume in the Best American Poetry series, founded by poet Lehman, appears, each edited by a distinguished American poet, the likes of A. R. Ammons and Amy Gerstler. To celebrate the series' twenty-fifth anniversary, Lehman asked former poet laureate Pinsky to select 100 best of the best. The result is a concentrated, high-caliber, and exhilarating overview of the intensity and artistry that have made American poetry so splendidly varied and vital since 1988. In his far-reaching and enlivening introduction, Pinsky, an inspired poetry advocate, explains that his criteria were ear, imagination, and urgency ; that is, poems that embody the sense that the ancient art must strive to get to the bottom of things, that a lot is at stake. The selections are arranged alphabetically by poet, ranging from Allen Ginsberg to Kevin Young, Megan O'Rourke to Adrienne Rich. Given the depth of Lehman and Pinsky's opening essays and the concise poet biographies and the poets' original statements about the writing of the poems, this is an anthology of broad scope, serious pleasure, and invaluable illumination.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects American poetry -- 20th century.
American poetry -- 21st century.
Publisher New York :Scribner Poetry,2013
Edition 25th anniversary ed., 1st Scribner ed.
Other Titles Best American poetry.
Contributors Pinsky, Robert, editor.
Lehman, David, 1948- editor.
Language English
Notes One hundred poems selected from the first twenty-five years of the series: The best American poetry.
Description xxviii, 322 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781451658873 (hardcover)
1451658877 (hardcover)
9781451658880 (pbk.)
1451658885 (pbk.)
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