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The Best American Poetry 2015 (2015)

by David Lehman (Editor), Sherman Alexie (Editor)

Other authors: Sarah Arvio (Contributor), Derrick Austin (Contributor), Desiree Bailey (Contributor), Melissa Barrett (Contributor), Mark Bibbins (Contributor)70 more, Jessamyn Birrer (Contributor), Chana Bloch (Contributor), Emma Bolden (Contributor), Dexter L. Booth (Contributor), Catherine Bowman (Contributor), Rachael Briggs (Contributor), Jericho Brown (Contributor), Rafael Campo (Contributor), Julie Carr (Contributor), Chen Chen (Contributor), Susanna Childress (Contributor), Yi-Fen Chou (Contributor), Erica Dawson (Contributor), Danielle DeTiberus (Contributor), Natalie Diaz (Contributor), Denise Duhamel (Contributor), Thomas Sayers Ellis (Contributor), Emily Kendal Frey (Contributor), James Galvin (Contributor), Madelyn Garner (Contributor), Amy Gerstler (Contributor), Louise Gluck (Contributor), RS Gwynn (Contributor), Meredith Hasemann (Contributor), Terrance Hayes (Contributor), Rebecca Hazelton (Contributor), Jane Hirshfield (Contributor), Bethany Schultz Hurst (Contributor), Saeed Jones (Contributor), Joan Naviyuk Kane (Contributor), Laura Kasischke (Contributor), Douglas Kearney (Contributor), Jennifer Keith (Contributor), David Kirby (Contributor), Andrew Kozma (Contributor), Hailey Leithauser (Contributor), Dana Levin (Contributor), Patricia Lockwood (Contributor), Dora Malech (Contributor), Donna Masini (Contributor), Airea D. Matthews (Contributor), Jamaal May (Contributor), Laura McCullough (Contributor), Rajiv Mohabir (Contributor), Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Contributor), D. Nurkse (Contributor), Tanya Olson (Contributor), Ron Padgett (Contributor), Alan Michael Parker (Contributor), Catherine Pierce (Contributor), Donald Platt (Contributor), Claudia Rankine (Contributor), Raphael Rubinstein (Contributor), Natalie Scenters-Zapico (Contributor), Evie Shockley (Contributor), Charles Simic (Contributor), Sandra Simonds (Contributor), Ed Skoog (Contributor), AE Stallings (Contributor), Susan Terris (Contributor), Michael Tyrell (Contributor), Wendy Videlock (Contributor), Sidney Wade (Contributor), Cody Walker (Contributor), LaWanda Walters (Contributor), Afaa Michael Weaver (Contributor), Candace G. Wiley (Contributor), Terence Winch (Contributor), Jane Wong (Contributor), Monica Youn (Contributor)

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The premier anthology of contemporary American poetry continues with an exceptional volume edited by award-winning novelist and poet Sherman Alexie, now with a new essay by Alexie on reactions to the 2015 publication. Since its debut in 1988, The Best American Poetry has become a mainstay for the direction and spirit of American poetry. Each volume in the series presents the year's most extraordinary new poems and writers. Guest editor Sherman Alexie's picks for The Best American Poetry 2015 highlight the depth and breadth of the American experience. Culled from electronic and print journals, the poems showcase some of our leading luminaries--Amy Gerstler, Terrance Hayes, Ron Padgett, Jane Hirshfield--and introduce a number of outstanding younger poets taking their place in the limelight. A leading figure since his breakout poetry collection The Business of Fancydancing in 1992, Sherman Alexie won the National Book Award for his novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. He describes himself as "lucky enough to be a full-time writer" and has written short stories, novels, screenplays, and essays--but he is at his core a poet. As always, series editor David Lehman's foreword assessing the state of the art kicks off the book, followed by an introductory essay in which Alexie discusses his selections. The Best American Poetry 2015 is a guide to who's who and what's happening in American poetry today.… (more)
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The Best American Poetry 2015 edited by David Lehman is a sampling of the best poetry of 2015. In 1994, Lehman succeeded Donald Hall as the general editor of the University of Michigan Press’s Poets on Poetry series, a position he held for twelve years. In 1997, he teamed with Star Black in creating and directing the famed KGB Bar Monday night poetry series in New York City’s East Village. He has taught in the graduate writing program of the New School in New York City since the program's inception in 1996 and has served as poetry coordinator since 2003. He has edited The Best American Poetry Series since 1988.

The good news is poetry is still alive and well in America. The even better news is that unlike much of today's published literature women poets hold the lion's share of this collection. There is also representation on of writers with Asian, Indian, and African backgrounds. There is diversity in American poetry and it shows in this collection.

The poems cover a variety of style from rhyming lines, to non-rhyming couplets, free verse, to verse paragraph. The subjects also carry a wide range of topics. Opening with the poem "Bodhisattva" and quickly moving to a very well done poem composed entirely of lines from Craigslist personal ads. Mark Bibbins "Swallowed" pays notice to the nearly lyrical novelist Virginia Woolf:

...I am off

to seize the world, inside of its machine.
This is the way Calen ends, not with a bang

but a river. Woolf, too; she goes out
the same goddamn way.


Chen Chen pledges allegiance to the snow -- both new fallen and tracked through. Denise Duhamel writes of fornicating and a breeze through a screen. Noah's Ark is the subject of two poems and in Ellis' version we read:

God evil
Move the "d"
Go Devil

Galvin writes an ode to wedding dresses. Beautiful dress that are worn once or maybe twice and banished to a closet or perhaps Goodwill. The subject matter is broader than what one would expect in such a collection.

Lehman not only edits but writes a lengthy forward. Guest editor Sherman Alexie "writes" the introduction. It is not a traditional introduction but made up of a series of quotes by Alexie followed by his poem "Defending Walt Whitman." Although unconventional it works very well. Following the poetry collection is a series of mini-biographies on the individual poets. I particularly like this feature because it allows the reader to know something of the poet's background, other work, and their perspective.

There is a very good reason why Lehman has been editing this series since 1988. He does an outstanding job of not only bringing the best new poetry, but he covers a broad spectrum of poets and subject matter. I also would like to thank Scribner for allowing me to review the advanced edition of Best American Poetry for the last three years. It is something I look forward to every year, I and am never disappointed. Outstanding contemporary poetry.

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  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
This is the famous edition where a white male poet submitted under a Chinese pseudonym and was accepted. Sherman Alexie had to address the controversy. I particularly enjoyed poems by Louise Gluck, Natalie Diaz, Emma Bolden, Bethany Schultz Hirst and James Galvin. ( )
  deckla | Apr 3, 2018 |
I enjoyed the contributors biographies and comments in the back of the book. Makes reading the poems more interesting by providing a bit of background. ( )
  deldevries | May 13, 2016 |
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The premier anthology of contemporary American poetry continues with an exceptional volume edited by award-winning novelist and poet Sherman Alexie, now with a new essay by Alexie on reactions to the 2015 publication. Since its debut in 1988, The Best American Poetry has become a mainstay for the direction and spirit of American poetry. Each volume in the series presents the year's most extraordinary new poems and writers. Guest editor Sherman Alexie's picks for The Best American Poetry 2015 highlight the depth and breadth of the American experience. Culled from electronic and print journals, the poems showcase some of our leading luminaries--Amy Gerstler, Terrance Hayes, Ron Padgett, Jane Hirshfield--and introduce a number of outstanding younger poets taking their place in the limelight. A leading figure since his breakout poetry collection The Business of Fancydancing in 1992, Sherman Alexie won the National Book Award for his novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. He describes himself as "lucky enough to be a full-time writer" and has written short stories, novels, screenplays, and essays--but he is at his core a poet. As always, series editor David Lehman's foreword assessing the state of the art kicks off the book, followed by an introductory essay in which Alexie discusses his selections. The Best American Poetry 2015 is a guide to who's who and what's happening in American poetry today.

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