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The Best American Poetry 2008 (2008)

by Charles WRIGHT (Editor), David Lehman (Editor)

Other authors: Tom Andrews (Contributor), Ralph Angel (Contributor), Rae Armantrout (Contributor), John Ashbery (Contributor), Joshua Beckman (Contributor)70 more, Marvin Bell (Contributor), Charles Bernstein (Contributor), Ciaran Berry (Contributor), Frank Bidart (Contributor), Robert Bly (Contributor), John Casteen (Contributor), Laura Cronk (Contributor), Kate Daniels (Contributor), Lydia Davis (Contributor), Erica Dawson (Contributor), Cornelius Eady (Contributor), Moira Egan (Contributor), Peter Everwine (Contributor), Carolyn Forché (Contributor), Chris Forhan (Contributor), John Gallaher (Contributor), James Galvin (Contributor), Louise Glück (Contributor), Jorie Graham (Contributor), Robert Hass (Contributor), Bob Hicok (Contributor), Brenda Hillman (Contributor), Tony Hoagland (Contributor), Garrett Hongo (Contributor), Richard Howard (Contributor), Mark Jarman (Contributor), George Kalamaras (Contributor), Mary Karr (Contributor), Maxine Kumin (Contributor), Adrie Kusserow (Contributor), Alex Lemon (Contributor), Philip Levine (Contributor), JD McClatchy (Contributor), Davis McCombs (Contributor), WS Merwin (Contributor), Susan Mitchell (Contributor), Paul Muldoon (Contributor), D Nurkse (Contributor), Debra Nystrom (Contributor), Meghan O'Rourke (Contributor), Ron Padgett (Contributor), Michael Palmer (Contributor), DA Powell (Contributor), Alberto Ríos (Contributor), Tim Ross (Contributor), John Rybicki (Contributor), Ira Sadoff (Contributor), Sherod Santos (Contributor), Frederick Seidel (Contributor), Charles Simic (Contributor), Patti Smith (Contributor), RT Smith (Contributor), Dave Snyder (Contributor), Lisa Russ Spaar (Contributor), David St John (Contributor), Kathryn Starbuck (Contributor), Alan Sullivan (Contributor), Chad Sweeney (Contributor), Mary Szybist (Contributor), James Tate (Contributor), Natasha Trethewey (Contributor), Lee Upton (Contributor), Dara Wier (Contributor), CK Williams (Contributor), Franz Wright (Contributor), Lynn Xu (Contributor), C Dale Young (Contributor), David Young (Contributor), Dean Young (Contributor), Kevin Young (Contributor)

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The Best American Poetry series is a beloved mainstay of American poetry. This year's edition was edited by one of the most admired and acclaimed poets of his generation, Charles Wright. Known for his meditative and beautiful observations of landscape, change, and time,Wright brings his particular sensibility to this year's anthology, which contains an ecumenical slant that is unprecedented for the series. He has gathered an astonishing selection of work that includes new poems by Carolyn Forché, Jorie Graham, Louise Glück, Frank Bidart, Frederick Seidel, Patti Smith, and Kevin Young and showcases a dazzling array of rising stars like Joshua Beckman, Erica Dawson, and Alex Lemon. With captivating and revelatory notes from the poets on their works and sage and erudite introductory essays by Wright and series editor David Lehman, The Best American Poetry 2008 will be read, discussed, debated, and prized for years to come.… (more)
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Great selections by Charles Wright, with some particularly good work from Louise Glück, Robert Hass, W. S. Merwin, and C. K. Williams. As far as collections, this is one of the better ones. ( )
  drbrand | Jun 8, 2020 |
Fairly unexciting collection. Nothing particularly objectionable, but few poems that really ride their own melting, as Frost would have them do. Which is disappointing, as I really love Charles Wright's poetry (wonderful introduction, though). Favourites: 'Threshing' (Louise Glück), 'The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus by Castor and Pollux' (Richard Howard), 'Of Love and Other Disasters' (Philip Levine), 'Hexagon: On Truth' (Dave Snyder), 'Language exists because...' (Lynn Xu), 'Book of Hours' (Kevin Young). ( )
  Jambyfool | May 10, 2012 |
Is this my least favorite best American poetry collection? Yes, I think it is. I was pretty sure I’d not take to this collection when I saw the name of the editor; I’m not a big fan of Charles Wright. The vast majority of the poems struck a Hemingway-esque note with me, a macho man trying to make it in this kinder, gentler world. But here and there, I found a common spirit. How can I read fifty poems and not find a few that light up my heart?! Impossible. ( )
  debnance | Jan 29, 2010 |
I like reading The Best American Poetry series as it exposes me to poetry that I probably would not encounter on my own. This year, I especially enjoyed “Wanting Sumptuous Heavens,” by Robert Bly and “The Aurora of the New Mind,” by David St. John. I felt that “Divide and Conquer” by Alan Sullivan and “The Dead from Iraq” by David Young were both particular relevant to today’s audience. ( )
  rmjp518 | Dec 2, 2008 |
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The Best American Poetry series is a beloved mainstay of American poetry. This year's edition was edited by one of the most admired and acclaimed poets of his generation, Charles Wright. Known for his meditative and beautiful observations of landscape, change, and time,Wright brings his particular sensibility to this year's anthology, which contains an ecumenical slant that is unprecedented for the series. He has gathered an astonishing selection of work that includes new poems by Carolyn Forché, Jorie Graham, Louise Glück, Frank Bidart, Frederick Seidel, Patti Smith, and Kevin Young and showcases a dazzling array of rising stars like Joshua Beckman, Erica Dawson, and Alex Lemon. With captivating and revelatory notes from the poets on their works and sage and erudite introductory essays by Wright and series editor David Lehman, The Best American Poetry 2008 will be read, discussed, debated, and prized for years to come.

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