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"Poetry encourages us to have dialogue through the observed, the felt, and the imaginary," writes editor Yusef Komunyakaa in his thought-provoking introduction to The Best American Poetry 2003. As a black child of the American South and a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, Komunyakaa brings his singular vision to this outstanding volume. Included here is a diverse mix of senior masters, crowd-pleasing bards, rising stars, and the fresh voices of an emerging generation. With comments from the poets elucidating their work and series editor David Lehman's eloquent foreword assessing the state of the art, The Best American Poetry 2003 is a must-have for readers of contemporary poetry.
Jonathan Aaron Beth Anderson Nin Andrews Wendell Berry Frank Bidart Diann Blakely Bruce Bond Catherine Bowman Rosemary Catacalos Joshua Clover Billy Collins Michael S. Collins Carl Dennis Susan Dickman Rita Dove Stephen Dunn Stuart Dybek Charles Fort James Galvin Amy Gerstler Louise Glück Michael Goldman Ray Gonzalez Linda Gregg Mark Halliday Michael S. Harper Matthea Harvey George Higgins Edward Hirsch Tony Hoagland Richard Howard Rodney Jones Joy Katz Brigit Pegeen Kelly Galway Kinnell Carolyn Kizer Jennifer L. Knox Kenneth Koch John Koethe Ted Kooser Philip Levine J. D. McClatchy W. S. Merwin Heather Moss Stanley Moss Paul Muldoon Peggy Munson Marilyn Nelson Daniel Nester Naomi Shihab Nye Ishle Yi Park Robert Pinsky Kevin Prufer Ed Roberson Vijay Seshadri Alan Shapiro Myra Shapiro Bruce Smith Charlie Smith Maura Stanton Ruth Stone James Tate William Tremblay Natasha Trethewey David Wagoner Ronald Wallace Lewis Warsh Susan Wheeler Richard Wilbur C. K. Williams Terence Winch David Wojahn Robert Wrigley Anna Ziegler Ahmos Zu-Bolton II
The Best American Poetry is not just a poetry collection; it's an eagerly anticipated event. Like its predecessors, The Best American Poetry 2003 spotlights the most talented poets at work today in the U.S. As a black child of the American South and a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, editor Yuself Komunyakaa brings his singular vision to this outstanding volume. Included here is a diverse mix of senior masters (Richard Wilbur, the late Kenneth Koch), crowd-pleasing bards (Billy collins), rising stars (Elizabeth Alexander, Dara Wier) and the fresh voices of an emerging generation (Catherine Bowman, Joshua clover). With comments from the poets elucidating their work, and series editor David Lehman's eloquent foreword assessing the state of the art, The Best American Poetry 2003 is a must-have for fans of contemporary poetry.
About the Author
Yusef Komunyakaa received the Bronze Star for his service as a war correspondent in Vietnam. He won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for his book Neon Vernacular in 1994. His other books include Pleasure Dome, Thieves of Paradise, Talking Back to the Gods, and Blue Notes and he has also written jazz lyrics. In 1999 he was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at Princeton University.
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
Foreword by David Lehman
Introduction by Yusef Komunyakaa
Jonathan Aaron, "The End of Out of the Past "
Beth Anderson, from "A Locked Room"
Nin Andrews, "Dedicated to the One I Love"
Wendell Berry, "Some Further Words"
Frank Bidart, "Curse"
Diann Blakely, "Rambling on My Mind"
Bruce Bond, "Art Tatum"
Catherine Bowman, from "1000 Lines"
Rosemary Catacalos, "Perfect Attendance: Short Subjects Made from the Staring Photos of Strangers"
Joshua Clover, "Aeon Flux: June"
Billy Collins, "Litany"
Michael S. Collins, "Six Sketches: When a Soul Breaks"
Carl Dennis, "World History"
Susan Dickman, "Skin"
Rita Dove, "Fox Trot Fridays"
Stephen Dunn, "Open Door Blues"
Stuart Dybek, "Journal"
Charles Fort, "The Vagrant Hours"
James Galvin, "Ponderosa"
Amy Gerstler, "An Offer Received in This Morning's Mail:"
Louise Glück, "Landscape"
Michael Goldman, "Report on Human Beings"
Ray Gonzalez, "Max Jacob's Shoes"
Linda Gregg, "Beauty"
Mark Halliday, "The Opaque"
Michael S. Harper, "Rhythmic Arrangements (on prosody)"
Matthea Harvey, "Sad Little Breathing Machine"
George Higgins, "Villanelle"
Edward Hirsch, "The Desire Manuscripts"
Tony Hoagland, "Summer Night"
Richard Howard, "Success"
Rodney Jones, "Ten Sighs from a Sabbatical"
Joy Katz, "Some Rain"
Brigit Pegeen Kelly, "The Dragon"
Galway Kinnell, "When the Towers Fell"
Carolyn Kizer, "After Horace"
Jennifer L. Knox, "Love Blooms at Chimsbury After the War"
Kenneth Koch, "Proverb"
John Koethe, "Y2K (1933)"
Ted Kooser, "In the Hall of Bones"
Philip Levine, "The Music of Time"
J. D. McClatchy, "Jihad"
W. S. Merwin, "To Zbigniew Herbert's Bicycle"
Heather Moss, "Dear Alter Ego"
Stanley Moss, "A History of Color"
Paul Muldoon, "The Loaf"
Peggy Munson, "Four Deaths That Happened Daily"
Marilyn Nelson, "Asparagus"
Daniel Nester, "Poem for the Novelist Whom I Forced to Write a Poem"
Naomi Shihab Nye, "What Happened to Everybody"
Ishle Yi Park, "Queen Min Bi"
Robert Pinsky, "Anniversary"
Kevin Prufer, "What the Paymaster Said"
Ed Roberson, "Sequoia sempervirens"
Vijay Seshadri, "The Disappearances"
Alan Shapiro, "Sleet"
Myra Shapiro, "For Nazim Hikmet in the Old Prison, Now a Four Seasons Hotel"
Bruce Smith, "Song with a Child's Pacifier in It"
Charlie Smith, "There's Trouble Everywhere"
Maura Stanton, "Translating"
Ruth Stone, "Lines"
James Tate, "The Restaurant Business"
William Tremblay, "The Lost Boy"
Natasha Trethewey, "After Your Death"
David Wagoner, "On Being Asked to Discuss Poetic Theory"
Ronald Wallace, "In a Rut"
Lewis Warsh, "Premonition"
Susan Wheeler, "In Sky"
Richard Wilbur, "Man Running"
C. K. Williams, "The World"
Terence Winch, "My Work"
David Wojahn, "Scrabble with Matthews"
Robert Wrigley, "Clemency"
Anna Ziegler, "After the Opening, 1932"
Ahmos Zu-Bolton II, "Reading the Bones: a Blackjack Moses nightmare"
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