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Contemporary American Poetry by Donald Hall
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Jun 04, 12

Read from March 15 to June 04, 2012

Didn't like this one as much as the last one, but when you're doing a bets of anthology for a specific period of about two decades (give or take) you have far less to choose from I guess than if you do an anthology that covers most of US literature...

I liked a lot of the poetry in this book, and there was plenty that I just read through to finish the book...glancing back (without taking the time to do more than glance and realizing that I read this in very small bites over a very LOOONNNNGGGG period of time) these were the poets that I enjoyed (doesn't mean i'm not forgetting a good one, or that a poet I may not have enjoyed in general didn't have a poem or two that I really liked):

Howard Nemerov
Richard wilbur
Anthony Hecht
James Dickey
Denise Levertov
Louis Simpson
John Haines
Donald Hall
Gary Snyder
Robert Bly
James Merrill
A. R. Amons
Allen Ginsberg
John Ashberry
James Wright
Anne Sexton
Sylvia Plath
Tom Clark

Highly subjective, and I'm not going to bother to provide any reasons. These were the good ones. The rest, for me, at least as selected here, were meh.
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