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Best New Poets 2007: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers

Best New Poets Poems from Emerging Writers Praise for earlier editions Unlike novelists and bad boy memoirists emerging poets are unlikely to sprawl on Oprah s couch date starlets or rouse bidding wars With an alert ear for new voices this

Praise for earlier editions Unlike novelists and bad boy memoirists, emerging poets are unlikely to sprawl on Oprah s couch, date starlets, or rouse bidding wars With an alert ear for new voices, this anthology offers a different kind of validation that of being well heard The result is a vibrant smorgasbord Best New Poets bears evidence of the insistent inquiriPraise for earlier editions Unlike novelists and bad boy memoirists, emerging poets are unlikely to sprawl on Oprah s couch, date starlets, or rouse bidding wars With an alert ear for new voices, this anthology offers a different kind of validation that of being well heard The result is a vibrant smorgasbord Best New Poets bears evidence of the insistent inquiries of self and the world that drive poetry Foreword One comes to realize that the adjectives new and emerging are mere technicalities in this instance Although none of the poets included here have published a full length book of poetry, many are MFA students or graduates, and chapbook authors, and most have already seen some of their poems published in the most renowned and exclusive journals in North America The result is a remarkably diverse mix of poems BookPleasures It s a nervy thing for an anthology to label itself Best New Poets, but once again this collection lives up to its name It s a rich and readable selection, reflecting no party line aesthetic, and attesting to the formidable promise of the emerging generation David WojahnIn just three years 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 r

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  1. Natasha Trethewey says:
    Natasha Trethewey is an American poet who was appointed United States Poet Laureate in June 2012 she began her official duties in September She won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her 2006 collection Native Guard, and she is the Poet Laureate of Mississippi.She is the Robert W Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University, where she also directs the Creative Writing Program.Trethewey was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, on April 26, 1966, Confederate Memorial Day, to Eric Trethewey and Gwendolyn Ann Turnbough, who were married illegally at the time of her birth, a year before the U.S Supreme Court struck down anti miscegenation laws with Loving v Virginia Her birth certificate noted the race of her mother as colored , and the race of her father as Canadian.Trethewey s mother, a social worker, was part of the inspiration for Native Guard, which is dedicated to her memory Trethewey s parents divorced when she was young and Turnbough was murdered in 1985 by her second husband, whom she had recently divorced, when Trethewey was 19 years old Recalling her reaction to her mother s death, she said, that was the moment when I both felt that I would become a poet and then immediately afterward felt that I would not I turned to poetry to make sense of what had happened.Natasha Trethewey s father is also a poet he is a professor of English at Hollins University.Trethewey earned her B.A in English from the University of Georgia, an M.A in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University, and an M.F.A in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1995 In May 2010 Trethewey delivered the commencement speech at Hollins University and was awarded an honorary doctorate She had previously received an honorary degree from Delta State University in her native Mississippi.Structurally, her work combines free verse with structured, traditional forms like the sonnet and the villanelle Thematically, her work examines memory and the racial legacy of America Bellocq s Ophelia 2002 , for example, is a collection of poetry in the form of an epistolary novella it tells the fictional story a mixed race prostitute who was photographed by E J Bellocq in early 20th century New Orleans.The American Civil War makes frequent appearances in her work Born on Confederate Memorial Day exactly 100 years afterwards Trethewey explains that she could not have escaped learning about the Civil War and what it represented , and that it had fascinated her since childhood For example, Native Guard tells the story of the Louisiana Native Guards, an all black regiment in the Union Army, composed mainly of former slaves who enlisted, that guarded the Confederate prisoners of war.On June 7, 2012, James Billington, the Librarian of Congress, named her the 19th US Poet Laureate Billington said, after hearing her poetry at the National Book Festival, that he was immediately struck by a kind of classic quality with a richness and variety of structures with which she presents her poetry she intermixes her story with the historical story in a way that takes you deep into the human tragedy of it Newspapers noted that unlike most poets laureate, Trethewey is in the middle of her career She was also the first laureate to take up residence in Washington, D.C when she did so in January 2013 On May 14, 2014, Tretheway will de li ver her final lecture to conclude her second term as US Poet Laureate from

Comment 178 on “Best New Poets 2007: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers

  1. Michelle says:
    Because some poems deserve a cult following all their ownEpithalamium is a word It s a lyric ode in honor of a bride and bridegroom Epithalamium is also a poem written by Catherine Pierce and featured in the Best New Poets 2007 anthology edited by Natasha Trethewey The definition of epithalamium comes in handy when reading this poem because the poem is a suggestion of sorts on how one might keep that fresh wedding day feeling from going stale In the poem, you the new bride bridegroom are told al [...]

  2. Phayvanh says:
    Eh Um I love this series so much, and this is the only one to which my response was, whatever I still haven t read all the poems in the book they are just so uninteresting Poems barely knocked my socks off, which past editions proved this series capable of doing What makes the big difference Perhaps I don t like the editor s views tastes leanings in poetry Not having read any of her work, I d say it s an uneducated guess This year was the only year I did not submit work for the publication in th [...]

  3. Craig says:
    I can t say that I was incredibly impressed with this collection Though most if not all of the work shows talent, very little took my breath away or even made me want to seek out work by these poets.My favorites David Welch, Natalie Diaz, Julie Sophia Paegle, Christina Duhig, Margaret Ronda, and Catherine Pierce.After typing out that list, I would have to say that the female poets in this collection seem to have stronger voices than the male poets, overall.

  4. Sarah says:
    This was a decent collection of poetry for the most part I couldn t put the book down There were, however, several poems that made me wonder While most of the poems were full of strong images, some stuck out as being self conscious The introduction said that the editors had almost 2500 poems to choose from, so I am left wondering how certain poems made the final cut.

  5. Nina says:
    An eclectic selection of poetry chosen from submissions by journals, writing programs, and open competition Criteria used to define new poet is not having a full length book of poetry published yet.

  6. Laurie says:
    The poems vary in quality but represent an interesting mix of what s currently out there in literary journals and MFA programs A good way to get a taste of what journals you might like to read I would have been interested in seeing less open contest winners and picks from publications.

  7. Melissa says:
    My twin sister Michelle McEwen has a poem in here called Blood One of my favorite poems by her.

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