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New Books: The Best of the Best American Poetry

Categories: NER Authors' Books, NER Community

This special edition of the Best  American Poetry series celebrates twenty-five years of publication. Guest editor Robert Pinsky chose 100 poems from prior years to include in this anniversary edition anthology, including a poem by our own C. Dale Young. Publishers Weekly writes, “No doubt, some readers will discover new favorites here.”

C. Dale Young has published three books of poetry and is the Poetry Editor for NER.

The Best of the Best American Poetry is available on Amazon and other booksellers.

NER’s C. Dale Young selected for 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship

Categories: News & Notes

C. Dale Young

Big congratulations to C. Dale Young, NER’s Poetry Editor, on his 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry!

NER contributor Christian Wiman, Editor of Poetry magazine, was also awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship this year.

Read more about this year’s Fellows at Jacket Copy.

Jennifer Grotz Selected for NPR’s Top Five

Categories: NER Authors' Books, NER Community, News & Notes, Poetry

For NPR, Gregory Orr chooses Jennifer Grotz‘s new collection, The Needle, as one of five best poetry books of 2011 in “Truth and Beauty: 2011′s Best American Poetry.” (Grotz’s poems “The Fog and “The Forest” appear in the current issue of NER.) Orr also recommends NER poetry editor C. Dale Young’s book Torn, because, as Orr writes, “no critic can refrain from recommending more books than he’s supposed to.”

One of the few things almost everyone can agree on about contemporary American poetry is that no one can agree on much. At present, poetry is a jumbled landscape, with no single, dominant style and few living figures whose importance is accepted in more than one or two of the art form’s tiny fiefdoms. Although some might find this state of affairs discouraging, I think there’s good reason to be optimistic — poetry often needs to undergo periods of confusion to achieve the clarity for which we’ll later remember it. Here are five books that suggest that even if American poetry isn’t entirely sure where it’s going, that doesn’t mean it’s gotten lost.

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