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Fifty Years of American Poetry: Over 200 Important Works by America's Modern Masters

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Seer, critic, lover, madwoman--the poet's sensibility gives us a chance to experience them all.  This rich, wide-ranging collection of work by scores of America's contemporary poets brings you both wisdom and entertainment in short verse.

In it are represented, with one poem each, the chancellors, fellows, and award winners of the Academy of American Poets since 1934.  The
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Laurel
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Arkskier
Nov 17, 2014 Arkskier rated it really liked it
I remember that I was 17 or 18 at the time, browsing through a bookstore, when I first found this book. I flipped to a random page—Muriel Rukeyser’s “Effort at Speech Between Two People”—and was struck at how a short poem written by someone from the other side of the world, 70 years separate from me in time, could speak to me so deeply.

Ten years after that incident, I return again to this book, bringing with me ten years’ worth of poetry-reading and ten years’ worth of living. It collects about
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Jun 07, 2008 Tina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, anthologies
This is one of my favorite poetry anthologies. The selection of modern poems is wonderful, and a good introduction to each poet's work. Although it's a mass market paperback, the font is a nice one and plenty of white space is left on the page.
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Dec 14, 2008 Randy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: compilation, poetry
1984 hardback by Harry Abrams Publishers
Laura Verret
Earlier on in the book, the poems were lyrical, metrical, and fun to read. However, the further into the book I got, the more modern and erratic the poems became.
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