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The Best American Poetry 2011

The Best American Poetry 2011

Series Editor David Lehman

Edited By: David Lehman and Kevin Young
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The latest installment of the yearly anthology of contemporary American poetry that has achieved brand-name status in the literary world.
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  • Scribner | 
  • 240 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439181492 | 
  • September 2011
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FOREWORD
by David Lehman



What makes a poem great? What standards do we use for judging poetic excellence? To an extent, these are variants on an even more basic question. What is poetry? Poetry is, after all, not a neutral or merely descriptive term but one that implies value. What qualities in a piece of verse (or prose) raise it to the level of poetry? The questions face the editor of any poetry anthology. But only seldom do we discuss the criteria that we implicitly invoke each time we weigh the comparative merits of two or more pieces of writing. And to no one’s surprise, it turns out to be far easier to... see more

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