Guest Editor: DONALD HALL

  The Best American Poetry, 1989 presents seventy-five poets — both new and established — published in the preceding year. Selected by the celebrated poet Donald Hall, winner of the 1988 National Book Critics Circle Award, the poems were culled from nearly three dozen magazines, ranging from The New Yorker to The Reaper, from Boulevard to Grand Street. As series editor David Lehman states in his foreword, The Best American Poetry aims "to see whether a single annual volume can accurately reflect the diversity of American poetry and honor excellence regardless of what form it takes, or what idiom it favors, or from which region of the country it comes." With comments by the contributors offering insight into their own work, The Best American Poetry, 1989 continues "a series which seems destined to take its place alongside America's most prestigious annuals" (Greg Johnson, The Cleveland Plain Dealer).  
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