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- DescriptionHere is the eagerly awaited new edition of The Oxford Book of American Poetry , brought completely up-to-date and dramatically expanded by poet David Lehman. It is a rich, capacious volume, featuring the work of more than 200 poets - almost three times as many as the 1976 edition. With a succinct and often witty head te introducing each author, it is certain to become the definitive anthology of American poetry for our time. Lehman has gathered together all the works one would expect to find in a landmark collection of American poetry, from Whitman's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry to Stevens' The Idea of Order at Key West , and from Eliot's The Waste Land to Ashbery's Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror . But, equally important, the editor has significantly expanded the range of the anthology. The book includes t only writers born since the previous edition, but also many fine poets overlooked in earlier editions or little kwn in the past, but highly deserving of attention. The anthology confers legitimacy on the Objectivist poets; the so-called Proletariat poets of the 1930s; famous poets who fell into neglect or were the victims of critical backlash (Edna St. Vincent Millay); poets whose true worth has only become clear with the passing of time (Weldon Kees). Among poets missing from Richard Ellmann's 1976 volume, but published here are: W. H. Auden, Charles Bukowski, Donald Justice, Carolyn Kizer, Kenneth Koch, Stanley Kunitz, Emma Lazarus, Mina Loy, Howard Moss, Lorine Niedecker, George Oppen, James Schuyler, Elir Wylie, and Louis Zukosky. Many more women are represented: outstanding poets, such as Josephine Jacobsen, Josephine Miles, May Swenson. Numerous African-American poets receive their due, and unexpected figures, such as the musicians Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Robert Johnson have a place in this important work. This stunning collection redefines the great can of American poetry from its origins in the 17th century right up to the present. It is a must-have anthology for anyone interested in American literature and a book that is sure to be consulted, debated, and treasured for years to come.
- Author BiographyDavid Lehman is Poetry Coordinator of the New School Writing Program in New York City. His most recent books of poetry are The Evening Sun and When a Woman Loves a Man and he has written five books of critical prose, including The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets and The Perfect Murder: A Study in Detection. He founded The Best American Poetry series in 1988 and continues to serve as general editor of this prestigious anthology. He also edited Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present and co-edited The KGB Bar Book of Poems, based on the reading series he directed with Star Black in New York's East Village. John Brehm (Associate Editor) is a poet and free-lance writer. His works include The Way Water Moves and Sea of Faith, which won a Brittingham Prize for Poetry. He lives in New York City.
- Author(s)David Lehman
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication13/05/2006
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Weight1880 g
- Width168 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine60 mm
- Volume editorJohn Brehm
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