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The Best American Poetry 2006

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Billy Collins, one of our most beloved poets, has chosen poems of wit, humor, imagination, and surprise, in a range of styles and forms, for The Best American Poetry 2006. The result is a celebration of the pleasures of poetry.

In his charming and candid introduction Collins explains how he chose seventy-five poems from among the thousands he considered. With insightful c
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by Scribner (first published 1990)
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May 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
It's incredible what passes for poetry now. "Prose poetry" has become an excuse to write like you speak and absolves the writer from having any unique insights or profound observation. If that is an unfair assessment of prose poetry then perhaps it is my own fault for not having made adequate effort at finding the good stuff. Perhaps 2006 was a bad year, but my suspicion is that poetry, prose or narrative or whatever, has been dumbed down by the 20 year old morons that infest the MFA programs in ...more
Mar 20, 2008 added it
2006 was two years ago and this book was published then. That is all I can say about the validity of a publication like BAP. There is sooooo much poetry happening on so many levels, throughout this country, let alone this continent, how can one series claim to represent the "best" simply by putting out an anthology? I don't know if poetry is something that should involve words like "best" and "american" and "Billy Collins." 2006 was two years ago and this book was published then.
Jan 05, 2008 rated it did not like it
I was horribly disappointed by this anthology in every way.
Jan 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
anthologies are tough. some i loved, some i hated, few i nothinged.
In the fall of 2010, I went with my mom to the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark, New Jersey. Attending this festival had been a dream of mine for years and I was pleased that my mom was willing to attend it with me. It was especially gratifying that she had a good time.

I have been a poetry reader for years. I had met Nikki Giovanni in high school and fell in love with her poetry. That meeting helped me to realize that authors are real people and that poetry might be more accessible t
Tom Romig
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fine selection by a leading poet, accompanied by series editor David Lehman, who also knows his way around and into poetry. Worth the price of admission for Mr. Lehman's foreword and Mr. Collins's Introduction, which, while both are informed accounts of the realms of gold of poetry, deal generously with the infighting of the poetry world in general and the success and popularity of Billy Collins in particular. (And, if this hasn't enticed you, the foreword reveals how Garrison Keillor helped p ...more
Tai Harris
Nov 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Is a collection of good writers written on happier themes about babies, hair and simple everyday experiences. It was refreshing to read a collection that didn’t have me feeling angered or reaching for tissues because it was too much to handle emotionally. One of my favorites is Amy Gerstler’s “For My Niece Sidney, Age Six”. The speaker is credible and knowledgeable she is wise and offers advice on what Sidney will soon experience; the good and the bad of growing up. It illustrates the innocent m ...more
Sherrill Watson
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I tried to like this book. I really did. But each of the poets seems to draw so heavily from his / her own experience as to leave me out in the cold. I read each poem carefully, not skimming, but just couldn't relate, or didn't care. There are a few done in complex prose, pretty, really, but not poetry to me. I read them, then I looked at the authors. To my surprise, Mary Oliver had written one of them.

There were only two out of 150-some-odd, that I liked. Is it just me?
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Mar 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Not my favorite of the best american poetry volumes, but definitely not a bad selection, either.

I was introduced to several poets that were new to me (I absolutely loved Alison Townsend's "What I Never Told You About The Abortion" and will be seeking out more of her work) which is what I look to this series for.

Do I agree with those who say it is ludicrous to select a "best" group of poems each year? Sure. But, at the same time, there is a soft spot in my heart for the series. When I first start
Jun 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Poetry lovers
Shelves: poetry
Billy Collins was guest editor for the 2006 edition of The Best American Poetry. Given that there are over 7,000 literary and “little” magazines published in English, he probably didn’t read every American poem before making his selection. (Although he may have tried; some of the journals that first published the poems in this year’s collection are pretty obscure.) Strictly speaking, a more accurate title for the book might be “the poems published in 2006 that Billy Collins happened to find, rea ...more
Jan 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Billy Collins guest edited this book. I am currently reading it. A really great intro by him, about writing poetry. And such a variety of poetry styles, something to steal and try out from many. The order is alphabetical by author's last name so the style changes immensely from one to the next. My favorite so far is "For My Niece Sidney Age Six" about a sort of Pipi Longstocking-type non-conformist child who is loved and understood by her aunt. Guess why I like it? Read on!

But I also like "Lett
Mar 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Although I disagree with some of Collins's selections for the "best" poems of 2006, I think that, for the most part, many of the ones chosen are, in fact, very good. One thing I did notice is that, even though in his introduction Collins admits that about a third of the poets selected were new to him, many of the names are those of well-known, clearly established poets with whose work I already am familiar. I don't know whether to call that a criticism or not, especially since I'm always looking ...more
Apr 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Might be reading this a bit late, but it was on sale at the bookstore (for fairly obvious reasons, as well as a celebration of National Poetry Month) and you can never read too much poetry. Plus, my knowledge of contemporary has to be updated somehow! I'll let you know how it goes.

May: loved reading through this. Obviously some poets appeal to me more than others... I'm starting to get the hang of this anthology business though. The introduction was lovely. Thank you Billy Collins.
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Aug 20, 2007 rated it liked it
Next time when you're at the bookstore and you need a little morsel to read...I suggest a few from this collection...namely Refusal to Notice Beautiful Women by Mark Halliday; On the Way to the Doctor's Office by Jim Harrison; Sex Elegy by Terence Winch and Found by Ron Koertge- the best in the book.

Actually, does anyone else out there have stuff by Mark Halliday? I really loved the few poems I've read by him. Would like to find more.
Garrett Zecker
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
A pretty good collection. It is impossible to read all of the poetry in all of the literary/creative journals that are in existence, however having some texts in one place that can be easily digested without looking at a collection like "love poems for everyone" or something like that... These books are wonderful, and should be read slowly and enjoyed like tea with honey.
Casey Hampton
Dec 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Certainly a fun read, but few poems actively stole my breath. And that is what I look for when it comes to poetry. Yes, these are good poems, nice poems, but most of these poems didn't find me scrambling back to the opening line to begin all over again.

My favorite poem was Paul Violi's "Counterman."
Jan 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
I didn't like it halfway through, but I kept thinking that since it's an anthology, I'd find a gem or two. Not really. But then again, I'm not really a fan of the editor's poetry, either. And I most certainly don't "get" this prose poem thing. Um...isn't that just prose?
Jan 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
An amazing collection. From the opening poem, I was not disappointed. Some of my favorites included "Verities" by Kim Addonizio, "Our Generation" by Carl Dennis and "Prayer to tear the Sperm-Dam Down" by Charles Harper Webb. i will definitely look for more from these poets.
Jul 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Finally--a book of poetry for happy people! I thought this was a fun, interesting assortment of wonderful short poems. Perfect summer reading for those who want a literary amuse-bouche.
Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Much of the poetry is well constructed, innovative, and really enjoyable. But it's forward by Billy Collins is close to nauseating. Skip it, read the book.
Chris Johnston
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is the "Best" of the Best of... Series. I applaud the guest editor Billy Collins on his submissions. N
Dec 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Didn't 'finish' it. That much poetry is a lot to take in in such a short time frame (library loan), but I don't think you can go wrong reading the Best American Poetry collections.
Apr 29, 2008 rated it liked it
a lot of great entries. it's good to keep up with what's contemporary.
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I loaned this to a student and she never returned it. SIGH.
Jun 19, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
billy collins is a totally hilarious writer - his introduction has been far more enjoyable than any of the poems so far.
May 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Say what you will about the series and this volume's place int it, the "Double Abecedarian: Please Give Me" is worth the price you pay for the whole book.
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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William A. ("Billy") Collins is an American poet. He served two terms as the Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. In his home state, Collins has been recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library (1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004.

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