Best American Poetry series

Summer Poems

July 2, 2012

July is a rich time for poetry; a time for summer poems. We love the nostalgia of the heat, the summer camps, thunderstorms, the plenty of the farm, tanned legs, and even slugs.  Here are a few of our favorite summer poems. Sharon Olds: “The Summer-Camp Bus Pulls Away from the Curb“ [...]

A Poet’s Holiday Gift Guide

December 19, 2011

So, you have a friend who writes poetry.  Here are some gifts for the budding or successful (do they exist?) writers in your life. Best American Poetry 2011 This year’s BAP features editor Kevin Young, selecting favorites from a range of contemporary writers: Obama’s inauguration poet, [...]

The Great Joyful Swamp

November 20, 2010

From Charles Wright’s introduction to The Best American Poetry 2008 telling us we’d better hop to: Everyone talks about the “great health” of American poetry nowadays. And it’s hard to fault that. There are very few bad poems being published, very few. On the other [...]