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Synopses & Reviews
The annual publication of The Best American Poetry is an eagerly awaited event among poetry fans across the country. This year's volume in the critically acclaimed series presents American poetry in all its dazzling variety at a moment of extraordinary richness and originality.
Guest editor Robert Hass, a former Poet Laureate and a central figure in the poetry world, brings his passionate intelligence to The Best American Poetry 2001. In his engaging introduction, Hass writes that after sifting through dozens of literary magazines, he "found that there were large numbers of poems that gave me pleasure, seemed to have inventive force, or intellectual passion or surprise." The works he selected are diverse in every way and have only their excellence in common. Ranging from the traditional to the innovative, the book features important new poems from Anne Carson, Robert Creeley, Michael Palmer, Robert Pinsky, and Adrienne Rich; rare posthumous works by Elizabeth Bishop and James Schuyler; and poems by marvelous newcomers like Amy England, Olena Kalytiak Davis, and Rachel Zucker.
With comments from the poets illuminating their work, and series editor David Lehman's always entertaining foreword assessing the current state of the art, The Best American Poetry 2001 is a book every reader of poetry will want to have.
An outspoken promoter of literacy and a central figure in the poetry world brings his passion for language, nature, and verse to The Best American Poetry 2001. Hass's sharp insight into the poetry of our time makes this volume a fresh and exciting addition to the series, sure to be hotly discussed.
About the Author
Robert Hass served as the nation's Poet Laureate from 1995-1997. His books of verse include Sun Under Wood (1996), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry, and Human Wishes (1989). He has also written prose (Twentieth Century Pleasures) and has collaborated with Czeslaw Milosz on the translations of his poems. A professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, Hass lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Table of Contents
Foreword by David Lehman
Introduction by Robert Hass
Nin Andrews, "Notes for a Sermon on the Mount"
Rae Armantrout, "The Plan"
John Ashbery, "Crossroads in the Past"
Angela Ball, "Jazz"
Mary Jo Bang, "Crossed-Over, Fiend-Snitched, X-ed Out"
Cal Bedient, "When the Gods Put on Meter"
Elizabeth Bishop, "Vague Poem"
Robert Bly, "The French Generals"
Lee Ann Brown, "Sonnet Around Stephanie"
Michael Burkard, "Notes About My Face"
Trent Busch, "Heartland"
Amina Calil, "Blouse of Felt"
Anne Carson, "Longing, a documentary"
Joshua Clover, "Ceriserie"
Billy Collins, "Snow Day"
Robert Creeley, "En Famille"
Lydia Davis, "A Mown Lawn"
R. Erica Doyle, "Ma Ramon"
Christopher Edgar, "The Cloud of Unknowing"
Thomas Sayers Ellis, "T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M."
Amy England, "The Art of the Snake Story"
Alan Feldman, "Contemporary American Poetry"
James Galvin, "Little Dantesque"
Louise Glück, "Time"
Jewelle Gomez, "My Chakabuku Mama: a comic tale"
Jorie Graham, "Gulls"
Linda Gregerson, "Waterborne"
Linda Gregg, "The Singers Change, The Music Goes On"
Allen Grossman, "Enough rain for Agnes Walquist"
Donald Hall, "Her Garden"
Anthony Hecht, "Sarabande on Attaining the Age
Lyn Hejinian, "Nights"
Brenda Hillman, "The Formation of Soils"
Jane Hirshfield, "In Praise of Coldness"
John Hollander, "What the Lovers in the Old Songs Thought"
Richard Howard, "After "
Fanny Howe, "Doubt"
Olena Kalytiak Davis, "Sweet Reader, Flanneled and Tulled"
Shirley Kaufman, "The Emperor of China"
Galway Kinnell, "The Quick and the Dead"
David Kirby, "Dear Derrida"
Carolyn Kizer, "The Ashes"
Kenneth Koch, "To World War Two"
Noelle Kocot, "Consolations Before an Affair, Upper West Side"
John Koethe, "Songs of the Valley"
Yusef Komunyakaa, "Seven Deadly Sins"
Mark Levine, "Wedding Day"
Sarah Manguso, "The Rider"
J. D. McClatchy, "Tattoos"
Colleen J. McElroy, "Mae West Chats It Up with Bessie Smith"
Heather McHugh, "My One"
Harryette Mullen, "Music for Homemade Instruments"
Carol Muske Dukes, "Our Kitty"
Alice Notley, "Where Leftover Misery Goes"
Sharon Olds, "His Costume"
Kathleen Ossip, "The Nature of Things"
Grace Paley, "Here"
Michael Palmer, "Untitled (February )"
John Peck, "A Metal Denser Than, and Liquid"
Lucia Perillo, "The Ghost Shirt"
Carl Phillips, "The Clearing"
Robert Pinsky, "Jersey Rain"
Claudia Rankine, "A short narrative of breasts and womb
in service of Plot entitled"
Adrienne Rich, "Architect"
James Richardson, "Vectors: Forty-five Aphorisms and
Rachel Rose, "What We Heard About the Japanese" and
"What the Japanese Perhaps Heard"
Mary Ruefle, "Furtherness"
James Schuyler, "Along Overgrown Paths"
Charles Simic, "Night Picnic"
Susan Stewart, "Apple"
Larissa Szporluk, "Meteor"
James Tate, "The Diagnosis"
Bernard Welt, "I stopped writing poetry..."
Dean Young, "Sources of the Delaware"
Rachel Zucker, "In Your Version of Heaven I Am Younger"
Contributors' Notes and Comments
Magazines Where the Poems Were First Published
What Our Readers Are Saying