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The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-1997 (Harold Bloom)
  • The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-1997 (Harold Bloom)

The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-1997 (Harold Bloom)

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Editor: Harold Bloom, series editor: David Lehman.


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Format: Trade paperback

Condition: vg-/good+ condition, minor shelf wear, appears lightly read with some spine creasing

Size: 5.25"x8.0"

Pages: 384pp, 1997 edition

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Every year since 1988 a major poet has selected seventy-five poems for publication in The Best American Poetry. The series has quickly grown in both sales and prestige, as poetry itrself has seen a remarkable resurgence in popularity and vitality, fueled by established poets at the peak of their powers and a new generation of daring voices. As we approach the millennium, now is the opportune moment to take stock of American poetry and choose the work that will stand the test of time. Harold Bloom, a commanding presence on the American literary stage, has read all 750 poems in the series and has picked the "best of the best." He precedes his selections with a compelling and highly provocative essay on the state of American letters, in which he fiercely champions the endangered realm of the aesthetic over the politically correct. Diverse in style, method, and metaphor, the seventy-five poems Bloom has chosen go a long way toward defining a contmeporary canon of American poetry. This exciting volume reflects not only the taste of the current editor, but the predilections of the all-star list of poets who have contributed their time and intellect to make this series what is today: "a valuable, invaluable, supervaluable" (Beloit Poetry Journal) record of an ever-changing, always exciting art.


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