The Best American Poetry

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The Best American Poetry

By Terrance Hayes (Editor); David Lehman (Editor)

Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9781476708157, 203pp.

Publication Date: September 9, 2014

Description
Edited by the National Book Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes, the foremost annual anthology of contemporary American poetry returns: A best anthology that really lives up to its title ("Chicago Tribune").
The first book of poetry that Terrance Hayes ever bought was the 1990 edition of "The Best American Poetry," edited by Jorie Graham. Hayes was then an undergrad at a small South Carolina college. He has since published four highly honored books of poetry, is a professor of poetry at the University of Pittsburgh, has appeared multiple times in the series, and is one of today's most decorated poets. His brazen, restless poems capture the diversity of American culture with singular artistry, grappling with facile assumptions about identity and the complex repercussions of race history in this country.
Always eagerly anticipated, the 2014 volume of "The Best American Poetry" begins with David Lehman's state-of-the-art foreword followed by an inspired introduction from Terrance Hayes on his picks for the best American poems of the past year. Following the poems is the apparatus for which the series has won acclaim: notes from the poets about the writing of their poems.


About the Author
David Lehman, the series editor of "The Best American Poetry", is also the editor of "The Oxford Book of American Poetry. "His books of poetry include "New and Selected Poems", "When a Woman Loves a Man, " and "The Daily Mirror". He teaches in the graduate writing program at the New School and lives in New York City and in Ithaca, New York.

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.