We’re not sure this is the first comprehensive collection of the best and most exciting poetry to appear in this new century, but we’re fairly certain it is the most extensive and ambitious. Emphasizing young and mid-career poets, with the usual smattering of acknowledged veterans, this impressive collection of almost 500 pages contains both new and previously published work of what can honestly be termed “the best and the brightest” of a new generation of poets. In addition to a minimum of three poems by each writer, the book also includes brief biographical sketches as well as bibliographical information and sources.
Innovative, unified by the vision of the editors, and unashamedly provocative, this is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the current and future trends of American verse.
Ralph Angel · Linda Bierds · Marcus Cafagña · Mark Cox · Craig Christ-Evans Toi Derricotte · Mark Doty · Lynn Emmanuel · Albert Goldbarth · Beckian Fritz Goldberg Joy Harjo · Jeffrey Harrison · Brenda Hillman · Edward Hirsch · David Huddle Mark Jarman · Brigit Kelly · Timothy Liu · Lynne McMahon · Naomi Shihab Nye Robert Pinsky · Alberto Rios · Ira Sadoff · Maura Stanton · Richard Tillinghast Chase Twichell · Martha Modena Vertreace · David Wojahn