The Best American Poetry

The Best American Poetry

By David Lehman

Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9781476708133, 240pp.

Publication Date: September 10, 2013

Over the last twenty-five years, the "Best American Poetry" series has become an annual rite of autumn, eagerly awaited and hotly debated: an essential purchase ("The Washington Post"). This year, guest editor Denise Duhamel brings her wit and enthusiasm and her commitment to poetry in all its wide variety to bear on her choices for "The Best American Poetry 2013." These acts of imagination from known stars and exciting newcomers testify to the vitality of an art form that continues to endure and flourish, defying dour predictions of its demise, in the digital age. This edition of the most important poetry anthology in the United States opens with David Lehman's incisive state of the art essay and Denise Duhamel's engagingly candid discussion of the seventy-five poems that made her final cut.

About the Author
David Lehman is the founder and longtime editor of the Best American Poetry series and the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. He is the author of several volumes of poetry and cultural criticism, including A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, which won ASCAP'S Deems Taylor Award; The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets; and Signs of the Times: Deconstruction and the Fall of Paul De Man. A core faculty member of the graduate writing program at the New School, he lives in New York City and Ithaca, New York.