The Best American Poetry 1999 by Robert Creeley

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The appearance of this anthology every September is an eagerly awaited annual event -- as evidenced in its soaring sales, terrific reviews, and renewed course adoptions. Its popularity is "ample proof that poetry is thriving" (Orlando Sentinel), and this year's volume will dazzle and delight poetry readers old and new.

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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Robert Creeley (1926-2005) published more than sixty books of poetry, prose, essays, and interviews in the United States and abroad, including "If I Were Writing This, Selected Poems 1945-1990, The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1975-2005, "and "The Island. "His many honors include the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, the Frost Medal, the Shelley Memorial Award, and the Bollingen Prize in Poetry. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Distinguished Professor in the Graduate Program in Literary Arts at Brown University. 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.
Published August 6, 1998 by Scribner. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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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 poems

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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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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...

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