The Best American Poetry, 1993

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Collier Books, Macmillan Publishing Company, 1993 - Poetry - 287 pages
From the smoky jazz clubs to crowded schoolrooms, from street corners to the steps of the Capitol on Inaugural Day, America is celebrating its poetry, and "The Best American Poetry 1993" adds generously to the nation's chorus of contemporary voices. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louis Gluck, guest editor of the 1993 edition, has chosen seventy-five poems from nearly four dozen literary journals and magazines - more than ever before. Thirty poets make their debut in the series the "Washington Post" champions as the "best hope we have to extending the audience" of American poetry.

Contents

A R Ammons Garbage
1
John Ashbery Baked Alaska
22
Michael Atkinson The Same Troubles with Beauty
28
Sophie Cabot Black Interrogation
34
Tom Clark Statue
40
Billy Collins Tuesday June 4th 1991
47
Barbara Cully Repressed Theme
54
Stephen Dobyns Favorite Iraqi Soldier
62
Phyllis Koestenbaum Harriet Feigenbaum is a Sculptor
133
Lisa Lewis The Urinating Man
139
Tom Mandel Open Rebuke Concealed Love
147
James McMichael From The Person She Is
153
W S Merwin The Stranger
161
A F Moritz April Fools Day Mount Pleasant
167
Ron Padgett Advice to Young Writers
171
Lawrence Raab Magic Problems
178

Roger Fanning Shoelace
69
Albert Goldbarth Life Is Happy
74
Allen Grossman Great Work Farm Elegy
82
Thom Gunn The Butchers Son
91
Daniel Halpern Argument
97
Mark Jarman Questions for Ecclesiastes
103
Donald Justice Invitation to a Ghost
110
Robert Kelly Mapping
116
Pamela Kircher Looking at the Sea
126
Laura Riding Makeshift
184
Hugh Seidman Icon
191
Gary Snyder Ripples on the Surface
197
Mark Strand From Dark Harbor
204
Ellen Bryant Voigt Song and Story
211
Dean Young The Business of Love is Cruelty
218
Magazines Where the Poems Were First Published
267
Cumulative Series Index
277
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About the author (1993)

Louise Elizabeth Gluck, 1943 - Louise Gluck was born April 22, 1943 in New York City, New York. She grew up on Long Island and attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University, both in New York State. She is best known for her award winning collection entitled "The Wild Iris". After graduation, Gluck began teaching poetry, accepting positions at various colleges and universities. In 1968, her first collection entitled "Firstborn" was published. Seven years later she published "The House on the Marshland", and in 1985, "The Triumph of Achilles" won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. In 1993, she was an editor of The Best American Poetry anthology. Her last appointment was as Senior Lecturer in English at Williams College. Louise Gluck is considered one of the most gifted poets of her generation. Known for her well-crafted use of verse and meter, she first garnered attention with "Firstborn", a collection of poetry from 1968. Full of angry emotion and disturbing tone, her poetry deals with the horrible and painful. In 1985, "The Triumph of Achilles" was released to thunderous applause, gaining awards in every category. It received the National Book Circle Award, the Boston Globe Literary Press Award and the Poetry Society of America's Melville Kane Award. Gluck has received the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the Lannas Literary Award for Poetry, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowments for the Arts. Her collection "Ararat", (1990) received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbett National Prize for Poetry. Other collections include "The Garden" and "The Wild Iris". The "Wild Iris", perhaps her most award winning collection acquired the highest honor possible in 1993, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. It also received the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award In 1994 she was named Poet Laureate of Vermont, and was elected as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2003, she was named Poet Laureat of the United States. She was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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