Best American Poetry 2017
Edited by Pulitzer Prize-winner and nineteenth US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, The Best American Poetry 2017 brings together the most notable poems of the year in the series that offers ôa vivid snapshot of what a distinguished poet finds exciting, fresh, and memorableö (Robert Pinsky). Librarian of Congress James Billington says Natasha Trethewey ôconsistently and dramatically expanded the powerö of the role of US Poet Laureate, holding office hours with the public, traveling the country, and reaching millions through her innovative PBS NewsHour segment ôWhere Poetry Lives.ö Marilyn Nelson says ôthe wide scope of TretheweyÆs interests and her adept handling of form have created an opus of classics both elegant and necessary.ö With her selections and introductory essay for The Best American Poetry 2017, Trethewey will be highlighting even more ôelegant and necessaryö poems and poets, adding to the national conversation of verse and its role in our culture. The Best American Poetry is not just another anthology; it serves as a guide to whoÆs who and whatÆs happening in American poetry and is an eagerly awaited publishing event each year. With TretheweyÆs insightful touch and genius for plumbing the depths of history and personal experience to shape striking verse, The Best American Poetry 2017 is another brilliant addition to the series.