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Edited by Pulitzer Prize-winner and nineteenth US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, The Best American Poetry 2017 brings together essentially the most notable poems of the year within the series that offers “a vivid snapshot of what a distinguished poet finds exciting, fresh, and memorable” (Robert Pinsky).
Librarian of Congress James Billington says Natasha Trethewey “consistently and dramatically expanded the power” of the role of US Poet Laureate, holding place of work hours with the public, traveling the country, and reaching millions through her innovative PBS NewsHour segment “Where Poetry Lives.” Marilyn Nelson says “the wide scope of Trethewey’s interests and her adept handling of form have created an opus of classics both elegant and essential.” Along with her selections and introductory essay for The Best American Poetry 2017, Trethewey will likely be highlighting much more “elegant and essential” poems and poets, adding to the national conversation of verse and its role in our culture.
The Best American Poetry is not only any other anthology; it serves as a guide to who’s who and what’s happening in American poetry and is an eagerly awaited publishing event every year. With Trethewey’s insightful touch and genius for plumbing the depths of history and personal experience to shape striking verse, The Best American Poetry 2017 is any other brilliant addition to the series.