The Pushcart Book of Poetry (Paperback)

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By The Pushcart Prize Editors (Editor), Joan Murray (Editor)
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A truly monumental celebration of American poetry for the past thirty years.

More than one hundred poets are included: Seamus Heaney, Mary Oliver, John Ashbery, Stanley Kunitz, Amy Clampitt, and Adrienne Rich among them.

About the Author

More than 200 Contributing Editors and CO-Editors help select the annual volumes of The Pushcart Prize. The Pushcart Prize Editors come from almost every state in the USA and around the world. Every year more than 8,000 nominations are received for the Pushcart Prize.

Joan Murray is the winner of the National Poetry Series and the Wesleyan New Poets Series competitions. She has also received awards from the Poetry Society of America. She lives in New York.

Praise For…

Lovely work by some of the most remarkable Considered

The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is the most anticipated literary anthology of the year. To celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2001, the Pushcart Press published two retrospective "best of the best" collections, The Pushcart Book of Short Stories and The Pushcart Book of Essays. Now, at long last, the best poems volume arrives. Poet Murray worked with the nearly 50 other outstanding poets who have served as Pushcart poetry editors to construct this historic, illuminating, and thoroughly introduction is followed by 180 poems that exemplify the formal explorations of the last 30 years and reflect the ripple effect of watershed events and social change. Here are vital works by the late Joseph Brodsky and Amy Clampitt and clarion poems by poets who continue to enlighten and enthrall readers, among them Lisel Mueller, Gerald Stern, Natasha Trethewey, Pattiann Rogers, and Edward Hirsch. Etheridge Knight captures the spirit of the endeavor: "We free singers be."

Starred Review. This gigantic volume of recent verse is culled from Pushcart Prize annual anthologies, 1976 to the present, chosen by small-press editors and previous winners. Reappearing are 180 poems, in chronological order. The volume leads off with Adrienne Rich, marches through superb lyrics by Stanley Kunitz, Linda Gregerson and Rosanna Warren, and brandishes aphorisms from Derek Walcott ("all revolution is rooted in crime"), Philip Levine ("So many poems begin where they/ should end, and never end"), and others. Readers seeking clear situations and boldly stated emotion may find more to like than readers who prefer the everyone. The standouts are often the long poems, a rarity for anthologies, which this "best of the small presses," suggests writers rescued from obscurity, many poets here are mainstream names, like Levine, Heaney, Stern and Wright. Also included are less famous poets like the raw and haunting Brigit Pegeen Kelly—perhaps the strongest among the discoveries this big book permits.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781888889529
ISBN-10: 1888889527
Publisher: Pushcart Press
Publication Date: April 7th, 2009
Pages: 630
Language: English



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