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Best American Poetry Books

Poetry at Stake

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.09.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Poetry has the logic of memory, the spontaneity of dreams, yet is much like calculus--each line is, in a sense, an asymptote composed of and continual...

First Anthology of Metamodern Literature Hits U.S. Bookshelves

Seth Abramson | Posted 07.11.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The term "alt-lit" has gradually devolved into meaninglessness, much like the term "indie music." In practice, the "alt-lit" designation merely signifies that something is really good, yet underappreciated; or delightfully quirky, but with few financial resources behind it

Contemporary Poetry Reviews #28 (National Poetry Month 2014)

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.30.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

It may seem strange to say of a poet that his work is both tight and frenetic, but with Ron Padgett the description is apt. By the same token, comparing any poet to John Ashbery usually serves as little more than back-handed euphemism: a "less-than" sign hangs ghostly over any such analogy.

The Widening Gender Gap in Contemporary American Poetry

Seth Abramson | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

A study of gender demographics in American poetry yields startling results Since 2010, the organization Women in the Literary Arts (VIDA) has been co...

Contemporary Poetry Reviews #27: AWP Edition

Seth Abramson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

Whimsical declarations and asyntactic juxtapositions are common features in contemporary poetry, but often they amount to little more than idiosyncratically coded confessions of limited interest to a general readership.

On American Metamodernism (Contemporary Poetry Reviews #26)

Seth Abramson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

While there are as many ways to express the "structure of feeling" encapsulated by metamodernism as there are metamodernists, in many respects Steve Roggenbuck presents as the consummate American Metamodernist.

An Interview About Contemporary Poetry-Reviewing With Poet, Editor, and Critic Seth Abramson

Seth Abramson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

{NB: On July 31, 2013, the above author was interviewed on the subject of contemporary poetry-reviewing by poet and editor Joshua Marie Wilkinson. Due...

August 2013 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.24.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

To many younger poets -- those who ride the rails, or stay perpetually at university, or move aimlessly between jobs to accrue other types of wealth beyond the pecuniary -- much of The Boss will read like a nightmare come to life.

The Top 200 Advocates for American Poetry (2013)

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.13.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

The list below is neither exhaustive nor authoritative nor superlative. I have no doubt that I've missed a number of important names. Without further ado, then, here's my own list of the 200 most ardent advocates for American poetry.

America, Meet Your Poets

Seth Abramson | Posted 09.29.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

America's younger working poets, particularly those who publish with small presses and live in close-knit poetry communities outside the borders of urban bohemia, need to be the first recourse for harried magazine editors looking to publish lengthy pieces on contemporary poetry.

On Literary Metamodernism

Seth Abramson | Posted 09.19.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

July 2013 Contemporary Poetry Reviews Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and ten collections published since 200...

Why Is Contemporary American Poetry So Good?

Seth Abramson | Posted 08.20.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

{NB: Below is my response, as a poet, to an article published earlier today in the Washington Post entitled "Why Is Modern Poetry So Bad?", which itse...

June 2013 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 08.16.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and ten collections published since 2003 to recommend to its readership. These...

May 2013 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 07.31.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and ten collections published since 2000 to recommend to its readership. These...

National Poetry Month 2013 Contemporary Poetry Reviews (Part 1)

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.27.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and ten collections published since 2000 to recommend to its readership. These...

National Poetry Month 2013 Contemporary Poetry Reviews (Part 2)

Seth Abramson | Posted 07.15.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and ten collections published since 2000 to recommend to its readership. These...

February 2013 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 04.29.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and ten collections published since 2000 to recommend to its readership. These...

January 2013 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 03.29.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and ten collections published since 2000 to recommend to its readership. These...

December 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 02.20.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and ten collections published since 2000 to recommend to its readership. These...

November 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 01.30.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and 10 collections published since 2000 to recommend to its readership.

October 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.24.2012 | Books
Seth Abramson

Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and ten collections published since 2000 to recommend to its readership.

Fall Is Here, So Is the Best of Bay Area Poetry

Dean Rader | Posted 12.10.2012 | San Francisco
Dean Rader

Let's admit it: We want transformation. The same goes for books. Bring on the pumpkins and yellow leaves you say? Unpack the footballs and sweaters? And while you're at it, why not bust out some poems? Well, so be it!

September 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 11.28.2012 | Books
Seth Abramson

Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and ten collections published since 2000 to recommend to its readership. These collections are selected from a pool of more than a thousand books of supplied and already-held contemporary poetry.

August 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.29.2012 | Books
Seth Abramson

Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and ten collections published since 2000 to recommend to its readership.

July 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 09.19.2012 | Books
Seth Abramson

Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and ten collections published since 2000 to recommend to its readership.