The 1998 collection features stunning poems from esteemed writers such as Anthony Hecht, Richard Wilbur, Robert Pinsky, and Rosanna Warren. Under the guiding vision of guest editor John Hollander, one of America's most admired poets and erudite critics, The Best American Poetry 1998 lives up to its name. It is an uncompromisingly literary collection, maintaining the highest standards of the art while paving the way for original and noteworthy new talent.
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Now in its 12th year, the Best American franchise is perhaps the biggest-selling in poetry. Each year, poet and critic Lehman taps a different gray (or graying) eminence to help choose 75 or so poemsSep 06 1999 | Read Full Review of The Best American Poetry 1999
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...| Read Full Review of The Best American Poetry 1999
etc.), which excludes, for example, Language-oriented writing, because ""those poets work very hard to drain all the meaning out of the words they use."" No matter how well-constructed or demographically correct the poems included may be, these empty categories and dismissals don't justify the bl...| Read Full Review of The Best American Poetry 1999
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