Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Best American Poetry 1997 (Best American Poetry)” as Want to Read:
The Best American Poetry 1997 (Best American Poetry)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Best American Poetry 1997 (Best American Poetry)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, The Best American Poetry is the one indispensable volume for readers eager to follow what's new in poetry today. Sales continue to grow and plaudits keep coming in for this "high-voltage testament to the vitality of American poetry" (Booklist). Selected by prizewinning guest editor James Tate, the seventy-five best poems of the year w ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 4th 1997 by Scribner (first published September 1st 1997)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Best American Poetry 1997, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Best American Poetry 1997

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 107)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Solid 3.5 stars. As with most poetry anthologies, a handful of the poems had great impact and reminded me why I love poetry (about 10%), a handful of the poems didn't connect with me whatsoever (15%), and the rest are pretty decent poems that are not life-changing but that's okay (75%).

The Best American Poetry series is a good springboard; If you see an author you like, go look up one of their books. If you get a sense you'll enjoy one of the publications that publish the poems you like, go look
A sturdy, dense collection of serious but ultimately satisfying poems. Much more substantive than some of the other volumes in this series, and a pitch-perfect portrayal of the mood of the year it memorializes.

As always, this edition is valuable not just for the poems themselves, but for the fascinating notes from the poets about their works. I was especially interested in how the contributors' notes in this one corrected some misconceptions I'd had about the lives of my favorite authors (Jane K
Feb 21, 2008 TC rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
i've read all of the best american poetry volumes, but this is the best.
Dave marked it as to-read
May 16, 2014
Nathan added it
Apr 16, 2014
Dkeimer marked it as to-read
Dec 22, 2013
Lucas added it
Oct 21, 2013
Monica Madaus
Monica Madaus marked it as to-read
Oct 11, 2013
John added it
Sep 09, 2013
Ebony marked it as to-read
Aug 08, 2013
Brenda marked it as to-read
Aug 07, 2013
Jodi added it
Jul 15, 2013
Iheartnerdz marked it as to-read
Apr 21, 2013
Chidi OKORO marked it as to-read
Mar 01, 2013
Lisa added it
Feb 10, 2013
Tiffany marked it as to-read
Feb 04, 2013
Trevor marked it as to-read
Dec 06, 2012
Bill Gordon
Bill Gordon marked it as to-read
Oct 09, 2012
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
James Vincent Tate was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He has taught creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University, and currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he has worked since 1971. He is a member of the poetry faculty at the MFA Program for Poets & Writers, along with Dara Wier and Peter Gizzi.

Dudley Fitts selected Tate's fi
More about James Tate...
Selected Poems Return to the City of White Donkeys Worshipful Company of Fletchers The Ghost Soldiers Memoir of the Hawk

Share This Book