Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Many anthologies of "new poets" attempt to delineate the in crowd of contemporary versifiers, but few, if any, actually contextualize younger poets for study, which is exactly what American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics, edited by poets Claudia Rankine and Lisa Sewell, does. The book offers a sample of poems by 13 poets of various styles, though they all lean toward the experimental, including Joshua Clover, D.A. Powell, Juliana Spahr and Kevin Young, along with an artist's statement and a critical essay for each poet. (Wesleyan Univ., $27.95 406p ISBN 978-0-8195-6728-4) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Review by Library Journal Review
Based on the sample of poets in this book, one might think that 21st-century poetry is more grounded in language and sound than in concrete images or personal confessions. Even at its most avant-garde, the poetry that editors Rankine (Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric) and Sewell (Name Withheld) here present is often formal, e.g., Kenneth Goldsmith's versified retyping of an entire issue of the New York Times. The accompanying CD of the poets reading their work makes it possible to hear Tracie Morris's sound poems, which could not be reproduced in print. More traditional poets include Juliana Spahr, who celebrates a common American stream, and Susan Wheeler, whose "The Debtor in the Convex Mirror" bows to John Ashbery but has its own artistry. All of the poets are challenging, and many are inspiring. Following the poetry selections are a statement by the poet and a critical essay on his or her work. A web site (www.Wesleyan.edu/wespress/americanpoets.html) features more readings by the poets. A fine overview of contemporary poetry; highly recommended for academic libraries.-Amy K. Weiss, Univ. of California Lib., Santa Barbara (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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