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This highly respected anthology presents the work of 66 poets who have "shaped the contours and direction of the mainstream of American poetry" from 1955 to the present. The alphabetically arranged collection provides a generous sampling of each poet with a photo, biographical sketches, and bibliographies. This highly respected anthology presents the work of 66 poets who have "shaped the contours and direction of the mainstream of American poetry" from 1955 to the present. The alphabetically arranged collection provides a generous sampling of each poet with a photo, biographical sketches, and bibliographies.


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This highly respected anthology presents the work of 66 poets who have "shaped the contours and direction of the mainstream of American poetry" from 1955 to the present. The alphabetically arranged collection provides a generous sampling of each poet with a photo, biographical sketches, and bibliographies. This highly respected anthology presents the work of 66 poets who have "shaped the contours and direction of the mainstream of American poetry" from 1955 to the present. The alphabetically arranged collection provides a generous sampling of each poet with a photo, biographical sketches, and bibliographies.

30 review for Contemporary American Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dayna

    I own many books of poetry and a few poetry anthologies. It is rare that an anthology includes all of the poets whose work I admire, but this is one of those. As is the case for many anthologies, for those who are looking for samples of more experimental work, this is not for you. This includes the typical major players like Robert Hayden, Galway Kinnell, and Philip Levine, but it also offers work by culturally varied poets like Gary Soto, Kimiko Hahn, and Naomi Shihab Nye. There really wasn't a I own many books of poetry and a few poetry anthologies. It is rare that an anthology includes all of the poets whose work I admire, but this is one of those. As is the case for many anthologies, for those who are looking for samples of more experimental work, this is not for you. This includes the typical major players like Robert Hayden, Galway Kinnell, and Philip Levine, but it also offers work by culturally varied poets like Gary Soto, Kimiko Hahn, and Naomi Shihab Nye. There really wasn't a single poem which was not deeply felt. I would recommend this for anyone needing an introductory book into contemporary American poetry.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tim Nason

    Great anthology (3rd edition) of American poetry published from 1945 to 1979, nicely limited to 40 poets with 7 to 16 poems from each, allowing selections from each poet's work over a period of years. Biographies appear at the end with bibliographic information to 1980. The editor's essay "Contemporary Poetry: The Radical Tradition" appears at the end as well, along with a bibliography of critical works relating to the poets. I really enjoyed the selection of poems in this anthology. Certain poe Great anthology (3rd edition) of American poetry published from 1945 to 1979, nicely limited to 40 poets with 7 to 16 poems from each, allowing selections from each poet's work over a period of years. Biographies appear at the end with bibliographic information to 1980. The editor's essay "Contemporary Poetry: The Radical Tradition" appears at the end as well, along with a bibliography of critical works relating to the poets. I really enjoyed the selection of poems in this anthology. Certain poets in the book do not appear in McClatchy's Vintage Contemporary Poetry (1990), such as Imamu Amiri Baraka, Alan Gugan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Donald Hall, David Ignatow, Maxime Kumin, Stanley Kunitz, Louis Simpson and William Stafford, despite the book's 65 poets (but often only 2 to 5 poems each). Both anthologies show the richness of American poetry in its wealth of styles and subjects.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    My rating would have been higher but I'm not the biggest fan of poetry. This is an excellent collection of poets and their poems. I actually found this book in a pile that some of my college professors were giving away. I had just been in a Poetry class, and I felt the need to continue reading poetry even though it's not my favorite reading material. I am glad I read this collection of poetry, and I would recommend it to anyone who has a love for poetry. My rating would have been higher but I'm not the biggest fan of poetry. This is an excellent collection of poets and their poems. I actually found this book in a pile that some of my college professors were giving away. I had just been in a Poetry class, and I felt the need to continue reading poetry even though it's not my favorite reading material. I am glad I read this collection of poetry, and I would recommend it to anyone who has a love for poetry.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    It's very difficult for me to find a collection of poetry that I can read most of the way through. This had good work from authors I never knew, and am now a fan of. Besides that, there were good bios and acknowledgements section to find a lot of books from. A good mixture of some poets; others, I have no idea how they got into publication at all. It's very difficult for me to find a collection of poetry that I can read most of the way through. This had good work from authors I never knew, and am now a fan of. Besides that, there were good bios and acknowledgements section to find a lot of books from. A good mixture of some poets; others, I have no idea how they got into publication at all.

  5. 5 out of 5

    C

    As others have said, I got this as a college textbook, but keep returning to it. At one point I lost my copy and had to find another. Hearing about the death of Adrienne Rich, I re-read her poems in this collection.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    I loved this book when I first got it (first poetry workshop), and I love returning to it. The more years that pass, the more I realize it's a fantastic introduction to some of the most important poets we have. A great compilation! I loved this book when I first got it (first poetry workshop), and I love returning to it. The more years that pass, the more I realize it's a fantastic introduction to some of the most important poets we have. A great compilation!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Indy

    Just re-read for the twentieth time at least. I love this compilation. Thanks Dr. Taylor!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cassa

    Read it for class. Don't read it all in one day like I did, you'll explode. Good collection of authors, interesting enough work, nothing I found "spoke" to me. Read it for class. Don't read it all in one day like I did, you'll explode. Good collection of authors, interesting enough work, nothing I found "spoke" to me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This was a textbook in college, but I still pick it up every once in awhile and read some poems. This is the best anthology I can think of for modern poems. Amen.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Auntjenny

    I suppose this is the book that introduced me to contemporary American poetry. I still read it (it's on my nightstand!). So many poets to keep falling in love with. I suppose this is the book that introduced me to contemporary American poetry. I still read it (it's on my nightstand!). So many poets to keep falling in love with.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Wonderful. If you come across a copy, buy it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adam Dupaski

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ry

  15. 5 out of 5

    Craig Werner

  16. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Baird

  17. 4 out of 5

    Charles

  18. 5 out of 5

    Steve Lambert

  19. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kateri

  21. 5 out of 5

    Craig Childs

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Castille

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Dobbs

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Angie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chad

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chase

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  30. 5 out of 5

    Wes Heaps

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