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The appearance of The Best American Poetry every September is an eagerly awaited rite of fall -- as evidenced by soaring sales and terrific reviews. The popularity of the series is "ample proof that poetry is thriving" (The Orlando Sentinel), and this year's volume will dazzle and delight, instruct and inspire. Under the guiding vision of master poet John Hollander -- one The appearance of The Best American Poetry every September is an eagerly awaited rite of fall -- as evidenced by soaring sales and terrific reviews. The popularity of the series is "ample proof that poetry is thriving" (The Orlando Sentinel), and this year's volume will dazzle and delight, instruct and inspire. Under the guiding vision of master poet John Hollander -- one of America's most erudite literary minds -- The Best American Poetry 1998 spotlights the imaginative power and insight of our finest poets at the fin-de-siècle. Diverse in form and method, the poems display an unwavering nobility of expression, maintaining the uncompromising artistic standards essential to The Best American Poetry tradition as it enters its second decade. With a foreword by series editor David Lehman and with comments from the poets illuminating their work, The Best American Poetry 1998 will lead you on an exhilarating and inspiring literary adventure.


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The appearance of The Best American Poetry every September is an eagerly awaited rite of fall -- as evidenced by soaring sales and terrific reviews. The popularity of the series is "ample proof that poetry is thriving" (The Orlando Sentinel), and this year's volume will dazzle and delight, instruct and inspire. Under the guiding vision of master poet John Hollander -- one The appearance of The Best American Poetry every September is an eagerly awaited rite of fall -- as evidenced by soaring sales and terrific reviews. The popularity of the series is "ample proof that poetry is thriving" (The Orlando Sentinel), and this year's volume will dazzle and delight, instruct and inspire. Under the guiding vision of master poet John Hollander -- one of America's most erudite literary minds -- The Best American Poetry 1998 spotlights the imaginative power and insight of our finest poets at the fin-de-siècle. Diverse in form and method, the poems display an unwavering nobility of expression, maintaining the uncompromising artistic standards essential to The Best American Poetry tradition as it enters its second decade. With a foreword by series editor David Lehman and with comments from the poets illuminating their work, The Best American Poetry 1998 will lead you on an exhilarating and inspiring literary adventure.

30 review for The Best American Poetry 1998

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy

    There are some absolute masterpieces in here. Others I didn't care for. Still others I need to go back to because of their difficulty. The guest editor this time, John Hollander, chose several long poems. Only one I really had a problem with that was 30 pages long and didn't seem to be much of a good poem. But I always give the benefit of the doubt when it comes to modern poetry. There are some absolute masterpieces in here. Others I didn't care for. Still others I need to go back to because of their difficulty. The guest editor this time, John Hollander, chose several long poems. Only one I really had a problem with that was 30 pages long and didn't seem to be much of a good poem. But I always give the benefit of the doubt when it comes to modern poetry.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    Late 90s poetry ran LONG. And not in a good way. Also kind of pretentious, to be honest. The Antigone one was okay and I liked one about a half-open door that went on for three or four pages but not enough to remember the name if that tells you anything. So no. Not really great poetry.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    Three or four poems worth rereading.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ke

    Some of it is longer than I thought. I'm surprised that some are longer than I thought. There are also classic and biblical references. There is a lot of nature. Some food. Some philosophical. Some of it is longer than I thought. I'm surprised that some are longer than I thought. There are also classic and biblical references. There is a lot of nature. Some food. Some philosophical.

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