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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
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 20th 2005 by Scribner (first published 1990)
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Brendan
May 04, 2016 Brendan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: Soft 4.

I had some doubts going into this, due to being unimpressed by Muldoon's Quoof. As the Guest Editor, he chose the poems represented here. There are several gems though.

In Series Editor David Lehman's Foreword, he addresses the debate over populism vs. elitism in poetry. Not much stands out from Muldoon's Introduction, though both men let their leftist political leanings show.

Anyway, these are the more notable pieces:
"The Beats" - Charles Bukowski: A bit harsh. Unfairly, methink
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Chris
Jul 17, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed many of the poems here. I picked this up in hopes that it would expose me to some new poets that I might enjoy, and it did exactly that.

For a collection, I also enjoyed the range of work here. There were some poems that definitely weren't for me--albeit well-written--those types of poems that make me feel like I'm dumb for not "getting it." There are some playful poems, wordplay and entertainment at their hearts. There are more scene / story-oriented poems, which I love. And ther
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SmarterLilac
May 27, 2013 SmarterLilac rated it really liked it
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
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Charlotte
Apr 10, 2014 Charlotte rated it liked it
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.
martha
Aug 30, 2008 martha rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2008
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.
Marc Kohlman
Aug 10, 2016 Marc Kohlman rated it liked it
Erotic, humorous and brilliant collection of poems! One of the best editions of the BAP series. I am glad to have received my copy from my cousin last Christmas.
Diane
May 09, 2009 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favorites: A Blessing from My Sixteen Years' Son by Mary Karr,
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Nov 18, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
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.
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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.

Awards:
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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