Thursday, 11 February 2010

The Best American Poetry

As some of you will know, the U.S. equivalent of the U.K.'s annual Forward Book of Poetry is The Best American Poetry published by Scribner.

Each year the series editor, David Lehman, invites an American poet to choose his or her favourite new poems that have appeared in magazines in the previous year. So in 2009, for instance, the guest editor was David Wagoner and in 2008 it was Charles Wright.

I've picked up a couple of these over the years but the reason I'm blogging about it is because the other day I discovered that many of the years before 2007 are available from Amazon for only 1p(+p&p)!

I've just ordered the one when Charles Simic was editor and can't wait to see what he selected. For a tenner you could get a fairly good overview of American poetry in the last 3 decades.

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