Best of the Best American Poetry

ISBN-10: 1451658885

ISBN-13: 9781451658880

Edition: 25th 2013

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Description: Robert Pinsky, distinguished poet and man of letters, selects the top 100 poems from twenty-five years ofThe Best American PoetryThe Best American Poetryis 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), 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 Gluck, James Tate, Adrienne Rich, Paul Muldoon, Billy Collins, Heather McHugh, and Kevin Young.Out of the 1,875 poems that have appeared inThe Best American Poetry, here are the 100 that Robert Pinsky has chosen for this special 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 Poetryis 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 valuable introductory essays by guest editor Pinsky and series editor David Lehman,The Best of the Best American Poetryincludes up-to-date biographies of the poets along with the comments they made when the poems were originally selected.

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Book details

List price: $21.00
Edition: 25th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 4/9/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Robert Pinsky was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and studied at Rutgers and Stanford Universities. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Wellesley College, and the University of California, Berkeley. For several years the poetry editor of The New Republic, he has won the Oscar Blumenthal Prize (1978) and Woodrow Wilson and Fulbright grants. His book of criticism, The Situation of Poetry: Contemporary Poetry and Its Traditions (1976), is referred to often. He has argued for, and written, a poetry of discursiveness, one that can treat abstract thought and social reality as well as subjectivity and deep emotion.

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