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The Best American Poetry 2005 (Best American Poetry)

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This eagerly awaited volume in the celebrated Best American Poetry series reflects the latest developments and represents the state of the art today. Paul Muldoon, the distinguished poet and international literary eminence, has selected -- from a pool of several thousand published candidates -- the top seventy-five poems of the year.
With insightful comments from the poet
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 20th 2005 by Scribner (first published 1990)
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What I can say is that this book was informative- I now know what kind of poetry was revered in the year 2005. Do I necessarily think that these are all fantastic poems? No. But I didn't pick up this book expecting to find poetry I would love; I picked it up due to a desire to find out what poetry the academic world loved/loves. In that regard, the book lives up to expectations and wasn't altogether a difficult or disappointing read. I just don't happen to love the poetry they love, it seems.
This is a great one, which I will always remember for its most striking piece--Stephen Dunn's "Five Roses in the Morning":

March 16, 2003

On tv, the showbiz of war,
so I turn it off
wishing I could turn it off,
and glance at the five white roses
in front of the mirror on the mantel,
looking like ten.
That they were purchased out of love
and are not bloody red
won't change a goddamned thing--
goddamned things, it seems, multiplying
every day. Last night,
the roses numbered six, but she chose
to wear one in he
Only a few poems really jumped out at me, but I still really enjoy how this series includes notes from the authors on their anthologized poem, which are often really funny or really illuminating.
This book is full of short poems that will bring up all kinds of emotions. A few boring...but we cannot all connect with everything, right? I checked it out at the library.
Favorites: A Blessing from My Sixteen Years' Son by Mary Karr,
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Born in Northern Ireland, Muldoon currently resides in the US and teaches at Princeton University. He held the chair of Professor of Poetry at Oxford University from 1999 through 2004. In September 2007, Muldoon became the poetry editor of The New Yorker.

1992: Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for Madoc: A Mystery
1994: T. S. Eliot Prize for The Annals of Chile
1997: Irish Times Irish Literature
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