The premier anthology of recent American poetry continues—guest edited this year by award-winning poet Edward Hirsch, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and the president of The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
The Best American Poetry series is “a vivid snapshot of what a distinguished poet finds exciting, fresh and memorable” (Robert Pinsky); a guiding light for the mood and shape of up to date American poetry. Each and every year, this series presents essential American verse and the poets who create it. Actually the “best” American poetry has seemed in this venerable collection for over twenty-five years.
A poet of determined brilliance since his 1981 debut collection, For the Sleepwalkers, Edward Hirsch curates a thoughtful choice of poetry for 2016 and an Introduction to be savored. Jumpha Lahiri said of Hirsch, “The trademarks of his poems are…to be intimate but restrained, to be tender without being sentimental, to witness life without flinching, and above all, to isolate and preserve those details of our existence so regularly lost sight of, so easily forgotten, so essential to our souls.” Hirsch’s choices for this collection reflect the soul of poetry in The us. As ever, series editor David Lehman opens this year’s edition with an insider’s guide and a thoughtful contemplation of poetry today.