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With work from the seventy-five poets who are the game-changing, bar-setting voices of our time first published in this volume, Conjunctions: 35, American Poetry is the definitive collection for the contemporary poetic landscape. Includes astonishing uncollected work from masters of the form, as well as breathtaking new ventures from risk takers such as Juliana Spahr an With work from the seventy-five poets who are the game-changing, bar-setting voices of our time first published in this volume, Conjunctions: 35, American Poetry is the definitive collection for the contemporary poetic landscape. Includes astonishing uncollected work from masters of the form, as well as breathtaking new ventures from risk takers such as Juliana Spahr and Kevin Young. Contributors include John Ashbery, Susan Wheeler, and James Tate.  


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With work from the seventy-five poets who are the game-changing, bar-setting voices of our time first published in this volume, Conjunctions: 35, American Poetry is the definitive collection for the contemporary poetic landscape. Includes astonishing uncollected work from masters of the form, as well as breathtaking new ventures from risk takers such as Juliana Spahr an With work from the seventy-five poets who are the game-changing, bar-setting voices of our time first published in this volume, Conjunctions: 35, American Poetry is the definitive collection for the contemporary poetic landscape. Includes astonishing uncollected work from masters of the form, as well as breathtaking new ventures from risk takers such as Juliana Spahr and Kevin Young. Contributors include John Ashbery, Susan Wheeler, and James Tate.  

31 review for American Poetry: States of the Art

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Spuckler

    American Poetry: States of the Art edited by Bradford Morrow is a collection of cutting edge poetry of seventy-five poets. This collection is not for beginners and when pushing the limits of poetry there are bound to be a few hits and plenty of misses. What determines the hits or misses will be the reader's own preferences. One thing I noticed was the scope and scale of the writing. One of the headliners in this collection is Juliana Spahr. I enjoyed her single poem, "Blood Sonnets", and I imagi American Poetry: States of the Art edited by Bradford Morrow is a collection of cutting edge poetry of seventy-five poets. This collection is not for beginners and when pushing the limits of poetry there are bound to be a few hits and plenty of misses. What determines the hits or misses will be the reader's own preferences. One thing I noticed was the scope and scale of the writing. One of the headliners in this collection is Juliana Spahr. I enjoyed her single poem, "Blood Sonnets", and I imagine those with a molecular biology background would be ecstatic about it. I followed it and enjoyed the poem, but I am sure many people would be at a total loss. Lyn Hejinian vining writing is a pleasant rambling of images and soothing rhythm: The earth seems young -- raucous, ravenous, quick, The earth exists With gusto. Things fall to it and stick, things are rooted in it And arise. This cannot be said of the sea. Myung Mi Kim gives images of the famous Phan Thị Kim Phúc photograph. Arthur Sze provides images of the Inca civilization. The poets, although pushing limits, for the most part, seem to stick to a single topic as their subject matter. With seventy-five poets there is plenty of subject matter. Although a bit intimidating, the poetry is very well done and will help the average reader expand their poetry comfort zone. This is also a collection to taken in small pieces. Read, think, reread, enjoy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    American Poetry: States of the Art (edited by Bradford Morrow) is a wonderful, exciting collection of contemporary poets, including many of my favorites (Susan Howe, Jorie Graham, Gustaf Sobin, Leslie Scalapino, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge: the list goes on). Since I received this book from NetGalley (full disclosure) I pushed myself to read through this volume filled with complex and often dense poems too quickly: luckily, I have a lifetime to read again and again these amazing poems. A couple of my American Poetry: States of the Art (edited by Bradford Morrow) is a wonderful, exciting collection of contemporary poets, including many of my favorites (Susan Howe, Jorie Graham, Gustaf Sobin, Leslie Scalapino, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge: the list goes on). Since I received this book from NetGalley (full disclosure) I pushed myself to read through this volume filled with complex and often dense poems too quickly: luckily, I have a lifetime to read again and again these amazing poems. A couple of my many favorite lines: "everywhere as ground is an ocean here" " 'as' 'blooming trees' are one's subjectivity/language 'there'-" Scalapino. "poetry is our covenant." Susan Howe. As indeed it is. Anyone remotely interested in poetry, or in language at all, should own this volume and spend the next 20 years reading it.

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