Read Best American Poetry 2017 Online Free - Edited by Pulitzer Prize-winner and nineteenth US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, The Best American Poetry 2017 brings together the most notable poems of the year in the series that offers “a vivid snapshot of what a distinguished poet finds exciting, fresh, and memorable” (Robert Pinsky).
Librarian of Congress James Billington says Natasha Trethewey “consistently and dramatically expanded the power” of the role of US Poet Laureate, holding office hours with the public, traveling the country, and reaching millions through her innovative PBS NewsHour segment “Where Poetry Lives.” Marilyn Nelson says “the wide scope of Trethewey’s interests and her adept handling of form have created an opus of classics both elegant and necessary.” With her selections and introductory essay for The Best American Poetry 2017, Trethewey will be highlighting even more “elegant and necessary” poems and poets, adding to the national conversation of verse and its role in our culture.
The Best American Poetry is not just another anthology; it serves as a guide to who’s who and what’s happening in American poetry and is an eagerly awaited publishing event each year. With Trethewey’s insightful touch and genius for plumbing the depths of history and personal experience to shape striking verse, The Best American Poetry 2017 is another brilliant addition to the series.
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August 20, 2017
Best American Poetry 2017 series edited by David Lehman and guest edited by Natasha Trethewey is the 30th edition of this collection. Lehman is a poet and the series editor for The Best American Poetry series. He teaches at The New School in New York City. Trethewey is an American poet who was ap...
October 11, 2017
The minute the doctor says colon cancer
you hardly hear anything else.
He says other things, something
about something. Tests need to be done,
but with the symptoms and family something,
excess weight, something about smoking,
all of that together means something something
August 14, 2017
As with any poetic anthology there are hits and there are misses. What fascinated me were the poems that Tretheway, the guest editor, chose. It felt like she is allowing the reader into her concerns about identity, politics, religion, and race relations. Ultimately, this was a satisfying read.
October 13, 2017
I rarely enjoy these “best” compilations. This series has disappointed me so many times, even when the guest editor was a favorite poet, that I’d decided against ever purchasing it again. Fortunately, my husband didn’t know that. He knows I own all Trethewey’s books, so he bought this collection...
August 20, 2017
The Best American Poetry 2017 is a diverse collection of work that hits on a bit of everything from politics and race to personal relationships and contemplation. The collection also includes a wide range of writing styles that can appeal to every poetry reader's appetite.
There wasn't a single p...
February 15, 2018
Nickole Brown, "The Dead"
Allison Cobb, "I Forgive You"
Michael Collier, "A Wild Tom Turkey"
Aracelis Girmay, "from The Black Maria"
John Murillo, "Upon Reading That Eric Dolphy Transcribed Even the Calls of Certain Species of Birds,"
Joyce Carol Oates, "To Marlon Brando in Hell"...
September 19, 2017
As with every edition of BAP, I'm not fond of every poem in here, but I love and connect with the majority of them, while recognizing what qualities this year's editor sees in the rest. It's an outstanding edition. Series Editor David Lehman's introduction is likely his best in several years, esp...
January 21, 2018
Uneven, and about as subjective as it gets, which is to be expected in any editor selected compilation. The L*A*N*G*U*A*G*E poets and their interminable lists and prompt-based workshop poems get a little too much burn here, but in between Tretheway's obvious inside pool picks from her schools and...
November 18, 2017
The Best American Poetry 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
As a whole, this anthology was rewarding. Many of the poems consist of kinds of lists, or naming. I think of Adam naming the animals in the garden of Eden. When this was combined with a compelling story, it tended to carry me more. "W...
October 05, 2017
hit or miss, read for class. i never love this series, and having heard the dramas revolving around who gets picked, i never have much faith that it's worth the hype as "the best" american poetry of the year.