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Award-winning poet David Wagoner and renowned editor David Lehman present the twenty-second edition of the Best American Poetry series—"a ‘best’ anthology that really lives up to its title" (Chicago Tribune).
Eagerly anticipated by scholars, students, readers, and poets alike, Scribner’s Best American Poetry series has achieved brand-name status in the literary world, serving as a yearly guide to who’s who in American poetry. Known for his marvelous narrative skill and humane wit, David Wagoner is one of the few poets of his generation to win the universal admiration of his peers. Working in conjunction with series editor David Lehman, Wagoner brings his refreshing eye to this year’s anthology. With new work by established poets, such as Billy Collins, Denise Duhamel, Mark Doty, and Bob Hicok, The Best American Poetry 2009 also features some of tomorrow’s leading luminaries. Readers of all ages and backgrounds will treasure this illuminating collection of modern American verse.
With its high-profile editorship and its generous embrace of American poetry in all its exuberant variety, the Best American Poetry series continues to be, as Robert Pinsky says, "as good a comprehensive overview of contemporary poetry as there can be."
Born in Ohio, raised in Indiana, David Wagoner moved to Seattle and became one of the most distinctive voices of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to his many poetry collections, most recently A Map of the Night (2008), he has written ten novels, including The Escape Artist (1965), which Francis Ford Coppola adapted into a movie. A former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Wagoner edited Poetry Northwest from 1966 until its last issue in 2002. He is an emeritus professor at the University of Washington and lives in Bothell, Washington.
David Lehman is the series editor of The Best American Poetry. He is the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry and the author of seven books of poetry, including When a Woman Loves a Man. He teaches in the graduate writing program of the New School and lives in New York City.