Loads of Learned Lumber

Friday, January 13, 2012

Amy Gerstler and David Lehman, eds., _The Best American Poetry 2010_

HERE I AM a year behind again, but this one was well worth reading once I got around to it -- the best since Heather McHugh's, I think. A very broad spectrum of publications represented, nice mix of the conventional and not-at-all conventional, some great old hands and some intriguing work by names new to me. Among the latter: Mark Bibbins, Peter Davis, Gabriel Gudding, Dolly Lemke, Camille Norton, Gregory Pardlo. Mr. Gudding apparently has published a 436-page poem with Dalkey Archive. Dalkey Archive, how I love you!

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