The Best American Poetry 1996 by David Lehman

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The ninth anthology in an award-winning series, a diverse collection of the seventy-five best poems of 1995, culled from more than forty literary journals, includes the work of African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, gays, and women. 40,000 first printing.
 

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Guest Editor Mark Doty is an American poet whose collection, "Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems" won the National Book Award for poetry in 2008. His nonfiction book, "Dog Years", was a "New York Times" bestseller. His many other honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, and the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize. He is a professor at Rutgers University and lives in New York City and on the east end of Long Island.Series Editor David Lehman is the author of seven books of poetry, including "When a Woman Loves a Man." The editor of "The Oxford Book of American Poetry", he lives in New York City. Adrienne Rich (1929 2012), author of more than thirty books, was the singular voice of her generation. Her honors included the National Book Foundation 's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the Griffin International Lifetime Recognition Award.
 
Published September 16, 1996 by Scribner. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Rich has amassed a far-flung group to represent her view of America. These poets were born in Jamaica, China, Mexico, South Africa, Canada, Hawaii and the mainland. There are professors and prisoners,

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Perhaps it is the too-familiar audacity of the title, or sour grapes over the always big-name guest editors, but no series arouses quite as much po-biz rancor--vociferous nit-picking over choices and kibitzing in general--as this 13-years-and-running institution, overseen by poet and critic David...

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There are three poets born after 1975, testing human experience and response: Deborah Stein, Quentin Rowan and Natasha Le Bel (""my born body new and/ gravid with musical sensuality"").

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As David Lehman suggests in his foreword to The Best American Poetry 2012, Mark Doty collects a wide variety of poems that have a mysterious and “uncanny” quality, poems which are almost haunted by the “spirit in the dark.” In his introduction, Doty himself tell us poetry must “Sing me something”...

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