||The Best American Poetry is not just a poetry collection; it’s an eagerly
anticipated event. Like its predecessors, The Best American Poetry 2003
is a definitive “who’s who” and “what’s happening” in
American verse, spotlighting the most talented poets at work today in the United
“Poetry encourages us to have dialogue through the observed, the felt,
and the imaginary,” writes editor Yusef
Komunyakaa in his thought-provoking introduction. As a black child of the
American South and a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, Komunyakaa brings
his singular vision to this outstanding volume. Included here is a diverse mix
of senior masters (Richard Wilbur, the late Kenneth Koch), crowd-pleasing bards
(Billy Collins, Rita Dove), rising stars (Catherine Bowman, Tony Hoagland) and
the fresh voices of an emerging generation (Natasha Trethewey, Daniel Nester).
With comments from the poets elucidating their work and series editor David
Lehman’s eloquent foreword assessing the state of the art, The Best
American Poetry 2003 is a must-have for readers of contemporary poetry.