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Entering its seventh year, "Best New Poets" has established itself as a crucial venue for rising poets and a valuable resource for poetry lovers. The only publication of its kind, this annual anthology is made up exclusively of work by writers who have not yet published a full-length book. The poems included in this eclectic sampling represent the best from the many that h Entering its seventh year, "Best New Poets" has established itself as a crucial venue for rising poets and a valuable resource for poetry lovers. The only publication of its kind, this annual anthology is made up exclusively of work by writers who have not yet published a full-length book. The poems included in this eclectic sampling represent the best from the many that have been nominated by the country's top literary magazines and writing programs, as well as some two thousand additional poems submitted through an open online competition. The work of the fifty writers represented here provides the best perspective available on the continuing vitality of poetry as it is being practiced today.


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Entering its seventh year, "Best New Poets" has established itself as a crucial venue for rising poets and a valuable resource for poetry lovers. The only publication of its kind, this annual anthology is made up exclusively of work by writers who have not yet published a full-length book. The poems included in this eclectic sampling represent the best from the many that h Entering its seventh year, "Best New Poets" has established itself as a crucial venue for rising poets and a valuable resource for poetry lovers. The only publication of its kind, this annual anthology is made up exclusively of work by writers who have not yet published a full-length book. The poems included in this eclectic sampling represent the best from the many that have been nominated by the country's top literary magazines and writing programs, as well as some two thousand additional poems submitted through an open online competition. The work of the fifty writers represented here provides the best perspective available on the continuing vitality of poetry as it is being practiced today.

30 review for Best New Poets 2012: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erica Reid

    Man. Poetry anthologies usually mostly suck. This one did not mostly suck!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kasandra

    Generally, anthologies almost have to be 3-star: there's always some you love, some you don't get or don't like, and a bunch in between that are well-written but maybe don't move you or quite connect on a deeper level. But this group turned out to be skewed a bit more toward my personal taste than the last few anthologies I've read, and I'm not just saying that because I'm in it! Lots of different styles here, and modes from formal to modern, prose-y to very succinct. Some great long poems and s Generally, anthologies almost have to be 3-star: there's always some you love, some you don't get or don't like, and a bunch in between that are well-written but maybe don't move you or quite connect on a deeper level. But this group turned out to be skewed a bit more toward my personal taste than the last few anthologies I've read, and I'm not just saying that because I'm in it! Lots of different styles here, and modes from formal to modern, prose-y to very succinct. Some great long poems and some wonderful very short ones, this probably has a little something for every poetry lover. My favorites were by Sean Bishop, Daniel Meltz, Jeff Oaks, Ross White, Meghan Privitello, Michael Roche, Rebecca Bauman, John Savoie, and Chris Tanseer.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian

    I'd flipped through a few Best New Poets anthologies--pretentious sometimes, a little boring--but not this. These poems were so friendly, so interesting, and, dare I say it? Entertaining! Are poems allowed to be entertaining anymore? This was such a pleasure to read. P.S. I had no idea Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red was so popular to reference. Three, maybe four, poets addressed it--like a child learning to use a new word, after awhile I'm slapping away sticky fingers and begging the voice to I'd flipped through a few Best New Poets anthologies--pretentious sometimes, a little boring--but not this. These poems were so friendly, so interesting, and, dare I say it? Entertaining! Are poems allowed to be entertaining anymore? This was such a pleasure to read. P.S. I had no idea Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red was so popular to reference. Three, maybe four, poets addressed it--like a child learning to use a new word, after awhile I'm slapping away sticky fingers and begging the voice to please shut up.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    A vast majority of these poems were pretty good, some of them were excellent, and very few of them made me tilt my head at the page and wonder why it had been included. I feel like there's a particular cadence and a common set of words and images that are particularly prominent among contemporary poetry (one that I usually enjoy) and many of the poems in this book can attest to that. Reading the entire thing all in one go would probably get pretty repetitive so I suggest spreading out the readin A vast majority of these poems were pretty good, some of them were excellent, and very few of them made me tilt my head at the page and wonder why it had been included. I feel like there's a particular cadence and a common set of words and images that are particularly prominent among contemporary poetry (one that I usually enjoy) and many of the poems in this book can attest to that. Reading the entire thing all in one go would probably get pretty repetitive so I suggest spreading out the reading over a couple of weeks.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Some of these were much more appealing to me than others, as is the case with any anthology, but the overall ratio of wonderful to good to okay-but-forgettable to blegh was better than I expected. My program's journal has published a couple of these poets, too, so it's exciting to see them getting this kind of recognition. Some of these were much more appealing to me than others, as is the case with any anthology, but the overall ratio of wonderful to good to okay-but-forgettable to blegh was better than I expected. My program's journal has published a couple of these poets, too, so it's exciting to see them getting this kind of recognition.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Courtney LeBlanc

    My goal for 2015 is to read more poetry and find more poets I love so I picked this up from the library. Unfortunately only one poem really stood out to me, Why My Mother is Afraid of Heights by Shevaun Brannigan. The rest were okay but nothing sensational. I have other years of this book so I'm hopeful the rest will reveal some gems. My goal for 2015 is to read more poetry and find more poets I love so I picked this up from the library. Unfortunately only one poem really stood out to me, Why My Mother is Afraid of Heights by Shevaun Brannigan. The rest were okay but nothing sensational. I have other years of this book so I'm hopeful the rest will reveal some gems.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brian Wasserman

    Some good poets, alot of duds. Many poems are tangents about daily life, and deeply lack originality or many fail to attract my interest. Reading this one definitely is like a slow trek up a steep ascent with little to gain in return.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This is very similar to the Best New Poets 2011, a little bit of everything, narrative, lyric, experimental, language. A few gems, like last years. If you want to see what's out there, this is a good book to read. This is very similar to the Best New Poets 2011, a little bit of everything, narrative, lyric, experimental, language. A few gems, like last years. If you want to see what's out there, this is a good book to read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aran

    Very interesting how each anthology reflects the selector's own tastes. Very interesting how each anthology reflects the selector's own tastes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Robinson

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michael Horan

  14. 4 out of 5

    Terry

  15. 4 out of 5

    Roberta Morris

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

  17. 5 out of 5

    John

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Kline

  19. 4 out of 5

    Libby

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chere

  21. 5 out of 5

    George

  22. 5 out of 5

    Celeste Hamilton Dennis

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alex T

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kim Welliver

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Mills

  28. 5 out of 5

    Louise

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anders Carlson-Wee

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mark

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