The Best American Poetry 1997

The Best American Poetry 1997

Edited By: David Lehman
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Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, The Best American Poetry is the one indispensable volume for readers eager to follow what's new in poetry today. Sales continue to grow and plaudits keep coming in for this "high-voltage testament to the vitality of American poetry" (Booklist). Selected by prizewinning guest editor James Tate, the seventy-five best poems of the year were chosen from more than three dozen magazines and range from the comic to the cosmic, from the contemplative to the sublime. In addition to showcasing our leading bards -- such as John Ashbery, Jorie Graham, Robert Hass, and Mark Strand -- the collection marks an auspicious debut for eye-opening younger poets. With comments from the poets themselves offering insights into their work, The Best American Poetry 1997 delivers the startling and imaginative writing that more and more people have come to expect from this prestigious series.
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  • Scribner | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780684814520 | 
  • September 1997
List Price $21.99

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Chapter 1
Back in the World

I took a shortcut through blood

to get back to you,

but the house where I left you is empty now.

You've packed up and moved on,

leaving this old photograph of the two of us,

taken before I left for Viet Nam.

You've cut yourself out of it,

torn your half in pieces

and lain them on the mantel,

where your knickknacks used to be:

those godawful Hummels you'd been saving for years

and a small glass vial you said

contained your grandmother's tears.

A thick film of dust comes off on my fingers,

when I rub... see more

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