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The Best American Poetry 2004 celebrates the vitality and richness of poetry in the United States and Canada today. Guest editor Lyn Hejinian, acclaimed for her own innovative writing, has chosen seventy-five important new poems and contributed a provocative introductory essay. Through her selections, Hejinian has created an essential nexus — a meeting place for readers to encounter an extraordinary range of poets. With illuminating comments from the writers, and series editor David Lehman's insightful foreword evaluating the current state of the art, The Best American Poetry 2004 is an indispensable addition to a series that has established itself as the first word on what's new and noteworthy in the poetry of our times.


The eagerly anticipated new edition of the yearly anthology of contemporary American poetry is now a brand name in the literary world.

About the Author

Lyn Hejinian is the author or coauthor of more than two dozen books of poetry, including The Fatalist and My Life. She recently received the sixty-sixth Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets for distinguished poetic achievement at mid-career. She lives in Berkeley and teaches at the University of California.David Lehman, the series editor of The Best American Poetry, is also the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. His books of poetry include New and Selected Poems, When a Woman Loves a Man, and The Daily Mirror. He teaches in the graduate writing program at the New School and lives in New York City and in Ithaca, New York.

Table of Contents


Foreword by David Lehman

Introduction by Lyn Hejinian

Kim Addonizio, "Chicken"

Will Alexander, from "Solea of the Simooms"

Bruce Andrews, from "Dang Me"

Rae Armantrout, "Almost"

Craig Arnold, "Your friend's arriving on the bus"

John Ashbery, "Wolf Ridge"

Mary Jo Bang, "The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity"

Alan Bernheimer, "20 Questions"

Charles Bernstein, "Sign Under Test"

Anselm Berrigan, "Token Enabler"

Mark Bibbins, from "Blasted Fields of Clover Bring Harrowing and Regretful Sighs"

Oni Buchanan, "The Walk"

Michael Burkard, "a cloud of dusk"

Anne Carson, "Gnosticism"

T. J. Clark, "Landscape with a Calm"

Billy Collins, "The Centrifuge"

Jack Collom, "3-4-00"

Michael Costello, "Ode to My Flint and Boom Bolivia"

Michael Davidson, "Bad Modernism"

Olena Kalytiak Davis, "You Art A Scholar, Horatio, Speak To It"

Jean Day, "Prose of the World Order"

Linh Dinh, "13"

Rita Dove, "All Souls'"

Rachel Blau DuPlessis, "Draft 55: Quiptych"

kari edwards, "short sorry"

Kenward Elmslie, "Sibling Rivalry"

Aaron Fogel, "337,000, December, 2000"

Arielle Greenberg, "Saints"

Ted Greenwald, "Anyway"

Barbara Guest, "Nostalgia of the Infinite"

Carla Harryman, from "Baby"

Jane Hirshfield, "Poe: An Assay (I)"

John Hollander, "For 'Fiddle-De-Dee'"

Fanny Howe, "Catholic"

Kenneth Irby, "[Record]"

Major Jackson, from "Urban Renewal"

Marc Jaffee, "King of Repetition"

Kenneth Koch, "The Man"

John Koethe, "To an Audience"

Yusef Komunyakaa, "Ignis Fatuus"

Sean Manzano Labrador, "The Dark Continent"

Ann Lauterbach, "After Mahler"

Nathaniel Mackey, "Sound and Cerement"

Harry Mathews, "Lateral Disregard"

Steve McCaffery, "Some Versions of Pastoral"

K. Silem Mohammad, "Mars Needs Terrorists"

ErÍn Moure, "8 Little Theatres of the Cornices"

Paul Muldoon, "The Last Time I Saw Chris"

Eileen Myles, "No Rewriting"

Alice Notley, "State of the Union"

Jeni Olin, "Blue Collar Holiday"

Danielle Pafunda, "RSVP"

Heidi Peppermint, "Real Toads"

Bob Perelman, "Here 2"

Carl Phillips, "Pleasure"

Robert Pinsky, "Samba"

Carl Rakosi, "In the First Circle of Limbo"

Ed Roberson, "Ideas Gray Suits Bowler Hats Baal"

Kit Robinson, "The 3D Matchmove Artist"

Carly Sachs, "the story"

Jennifer Scappettone, "III"

Frederick Seidel, "Love Song"

David Shapiro, "A Burning Interior"

Ron Silliman, "Compliance Engineering"

Bruce Smith, "Song of the Ransom of the Dark"

Brian Kim Stefans, "They're Putting a New Door In"

Gerald Stern, "Dog That I Am"

Virgil Suárez, "La Florida"

Arthur Sze, "Acanthus"

James Tate, "Bounden Duty"

Edwin Torres, "The Theorist Has No Samba!"

Rodrigo Toscano, "Meditatio Lectoris"

Paul Violi, "Appeal to the Grammarians"

David Wagoner, "Trying to Make Music"

Charles Wright, "In Praise of Han Shan"

Contributors' Notes and Comments

Magazines Where the Poems Were First Published


Product Details

Lehman, David
Lehman, David
Lehman, David
Hejinian, Lyn
Lehman, David
Hejinian, Lyn
Scribner Book Company
American - General
Anthologies (multiple authors)
General Poetry
Poetry -Anthologies
Edition Description:
Best American Poetry
Publication Date:
September 2004
Grade Level:
8.44 x 5.5 in 10.71 oz

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