The Best American Poetry 2002
"The Best American Poetry 2002", a volume in "
The Best American Poetry series", was edited by David Lehman, with poems chosen by guest editor Robert Creeley.
The first print run for the book was 30,000. [ [http://www.pw.org/mag/0303/newssofer.htm] Sofer, Dalia, ""Best" Anthologies: A Global Trend", an article in "Poets & Writers" magazine, March 2003, accessed
April 14, 2007] Amy Bracken Sparks, reviewing the book in " The Cleveland Plain Dealer", wrote that Creeley's choices "are not poems accessible to all; they are innovative in both concept and structure, and therefore risk losing the reader. [...] Yes, it's a bit of work when not everything is explained. Pretension lurks about, but there's always Diane Di Primakeeping everything earthbound and Sharon Oldswriting yet again about her father." [ [http://newsbank.com] Sparks, Amy Bracken, "Collection is eclectic, maybe even electric", book review in the Sunday Arts section of " The Cleveland Plain Dealer", Cleaveland, Ohio, September 29, 2002, page J9, accessed via NewsBank Web site (subscription required), October 13, 2007]
Carmela Ciuraru, writing in "
The San Diego Union-Tribune", called Creeley's selection "bold and unconventional. Even his selections of more 'established' names prove to be those who have defied people's expectations — poets such as John Ashbery, Anne Carson, Alice Notleyand John Yau." Ciuraru found Juliana Spahr's prose poem "frustratingly tedius" but called the poem by Donald Hall"beautiful". [ [http://newsbank.com] Ciuraru, Carmela, "Throw it up against the brain and see if it sticks", book review, Books section, " The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego, California, September 29, 2002]
Poets and poems included
2002 in poetry
* [http://bestamericanpoetry.com/archive/?id=16 Web page for contents of the book] , with links to each publication where the poems originally appeared
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