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Publisher Comments:

Since its inception in 1988, The Best American Poetry series has achieved brand-name status in the literary world as the preeminent showcase of each year's most important contributions to American poetry. This year's exceptional volume, edited by Robert Creeley, a figure revered across teh wide spectrum of American poetry, features a diverse mix of established masters, rising stars and the leading lights of a younger generation. The pleasure of the poems selected here, Creeley explains in his introduction, is "that they caught my fancy, some almost outrageously, some by their quiet, nearly diffident manner, some by unexpected turns of thought or insight, others by a confident authority and intent." With comments from the poets elucidating their work, a thought-provoking introduction from Creeley, and Lehman's always popular foreword assessing the current state of poetry, The Best American Poetry 2002 will prove as irresistible to new readers as it is indispensable for poetry fans everywhere.

Review:

"This installment of the venerable series is refreshing for what it isn't: a compendium of September 11 poems....Yet Creeley's own choice of poems is balanced and satisfying, providing space for contemplation, while opening a rare window on dissent." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Guest editor Creeley has chosen lots of witty poems, perhaps too many. Wit in this context doesn't necessarily mean funny; sharp, intelligent, and challenging are the qualities of wit more pertinent here." Booklist

Synopsis:

The definitive annual "who's who" in American poetry spotlights the work of today's most innovative and talented American poets. This outstanding volume features established masters, rising stars, and the leading lights of a younger generation.

Synopsis:

Since its inception in 1988, The Best American Poetry series has achieved brand-name status in the literary world as the preeminent showcase of each year's most important contributions to American poetry. This year's exceptional volume, edited by Robert Creeley, a figure revered across teh wide spectrum of American poetry, features a diverse mix of established masters, rising stars and the leading lights of a younger generation. The pleasure of the poems selected here, Creeley explains in his introduction, is "that they caught my fancy, some almost outrageously, some by their quiet, nearly diffident manner, some by unexpected turns of thought or insight, others by a confident authority and intent." With comments from the poets elucidating their work, a thought-provoking introduction from Creeley, and Lehman's always popular foreword assessing the current state of poetry, The Best American Poetry 2002 will prove as irresistible to new readers as it is indispensable for poetry fans everywhere.

About the Author

Robert Creeley was born in Arlington, Massachusetts in 1926. In the 1950s he taught at Black Mountain College and edited The Black Mountain Review. Since 1966 he has taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Creeley was New York State Poet from 1989 to 1991, and his many volumes of poetry include For Love, Pieces, and Memory Gardens. He lives in Buffalo, New York, and in Waldoboro, Maine.

David Lehman 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 lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by David Lehman

Introduction by Robert Creeley

Rae Armantrout, "Up to Speed"

John Ashbery, "The Pearl Fishers"

Amiri Baraka, "The Golgotha Local"

Charles Bernstein, "122"

Anselm Berrigan, from Zero Star Hotel

Frank Bidart, "Injunction"

Jenny Boully, "The Body"

T. Alan Broughton, "Ballad of the Comely Woman"

Michael Burkard, "What I Threw into the Grave"

Anne Carson, "Opposed Glimpse of Alice James, Garth James, Henry James, Robertson James and William James"

Elizabeth Biller Chapman, "On the Screened Porch"

Tom Clark, "Lullaby for Cuckoo"

Peter Cooley, "Corpus Delicti"

Clark Coolidge, "Traced Red Dot"

Ruth Danon, "Long after (Mallarmé),"

Diane di Prima, "Midsummer"

Theodore Enslin, "Moon Cornering"

Elaine Equi, "O Patriarchy"

Clayton Eshleman, "Animals out of the Snow"

Norman Finkelstein, "Drones and Chants"

Jeffrey Franklin, "To a Student Who Reads 'The Second Coming' as Sexual Autobiography"

Benjamin Friedlander, "Independence Day"

Gene Frumkin, "Surreal Love Life"

Forrest Gander, "Carried Across"

Peter Gizzi, "Beginning with a Phrase from Simone Weil"

Louise Gluck, "Reunion"

Albert Goldbarth, "The Gold Star"

Donald Hall, "Affirmation"

Michael S. Harper, "TCAT serenade: 4 4 98 (New Haven)"

Everett Hoagland, "you: should be shoo be"

Fanny Howe, "9-11-01"

Ronald Johnson, "Poem" ("across dark stream")

Maxine Kumin, "Flying"

Bill Kushner, "Great"

Joseph Lease, "'Broken World' (For James Assatly)"

Timothy Liu, "Felix Culpa"

Nathaniel Mackey, "On Antiphon Island"

Jackson Mac Low, "And Even You Elephants? (Stein 139/Titles 35)"

Steve Malmude, "Perfect Front Door"

Sarah Manguso, "Address to Winnie in Paris"

Harry Mathews, "Butter & Eggs"

Duncan McNaughton, "The quarry (1-13)"

W. S. Merwin, "To My Father's Houses"

Philip Metres, "Ashberries: Letters"

Mông-Lan, "Trail"

Jennifer Moxley, "Behind the Orbits"

Eileen Myles, "Sympathy"

Maggie Nelson, "Sunday Night"

Charles North, "Sonnet"

Alice Notley, "Haunt"

D. Nurkse, "Snapshot from Niagara"

Sharon Olds, "Frontis Nulla Fides"

George Oppen, "Twenty-six Fragments"

Jena Osman, "Starred Together"

Carl Phillips, "Fretwork"

Pam Rehm, "'A roof is no guarantee...'"

Adrienne Rich, "Ends of the Earth"

Corinne Robins, "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon"

Elizabeth Robinson, "Tenets of Roots and Trouble"

Ira Sadoff, "Self-Portrait with Critic"

Hugh Seidman, "I Do Not Know Myself"

Reginald Shepherd, "You Also, Nightingale"

Ron Silliman, "For Larry Eigner, Silent"

Dale Smith, "Poem after Haniel Long"

Gustaf Sobin, "In Way of Introduction"

Juliana Spahr, "Some of We and the Land That Was Never Ours"

John Taggart, "Call"

Sam Truitt, from Raton Rex, Part I

Jean Valentine, "Do flies remember us"

Lewis Warsh, "Eye Contact"

Claire Nicolas White, "Return to Saint Odilienberg, Easter 2000"

Nathan Whiting, "In Charge"

Dara Wier, "Illumined with the Light of Fitfully Burning Censers"

Charles Wright, "Nostalgia II"

John Yau, "A Sheath of Pleasant Voices"

Contributors' Notes and Comments

Magazines Where the Poems Were First Published

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743203869
Editor:
Creeley, Robert
Editor:
Lehman, David
Editor:
Creeley, Robert
Editor:
Lehman, David
Author:
Lehman, David
Author:
Creeley, Robert
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
American poetry -- 20th century.
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Best American Poetry (Paperback)
Publication Date:
September 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 9.59 oz

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"Review" by , "This installment of the venerable series is refreshing for what it isn't: a compendium of September 11 poems....Yet Creeley's own choice of poems is balanced and satisfying, providing space for contemplation, while opening a rare window on dissent."
"Review" by , "Guest editor Creeley has chosen lots of witty poems, perhaps too many. Wit in this context doesn't necessarily mean funny; sharp, intelligent, and challenging are the qualities of wit more pertinent here."
"Synopsis" by , The definitive annual "who's who" in American poetry spotlights the work of today's most innovative and talented American poets. This outstanding volume features established masters, rising stars, and the leading lights of a younger generation.
"Synopsis" by , Since its inception in 1988, The Best American Poetry series has achieved brand-name status in the literary world as the preeminent showcase of each year's most important contributions to American poetry. This year's exceptional volume, edited by Robert Creeley, a figure revered across teh wide spectrum of American poetry, features a diverse mix of established masters, rising stars and the leading lights of a younger generation. The pleasure of the poems selected here, Creeley explains in his introduction, is "that they caught my fancy, some almost outrageously, some by their quiet, nearly diffident manner, some by unexpected turns of thought or insight, others by a confident authority and intent." With comments from the poets elucidating their work, a thought-provoking introduction from Creeley, and Lehman's always popular foreword assessing the current state of poetry, The Best American Poetry 2002 will prove as irresistible to new readers as it is indispensable for poetry fans everywhere.
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