The twentieth edition of The Best American Poetry celebrates the rich and fertile landscape of American poetry. This year's guest editor, renowned poet Heather McHugh, has crafted a book designed to reflect American poetry in all its glorious diversity while representing her own distinctive vision of poetry's possibilities. As an editor she casts a wide net, culling an extraordinary range of poems that honors her passion for language, her acumen, and her vivacious humor. She greatly values intelligence, the full engagement of the intellect, and for all her play with language she is decidedly interested in ideas and stories, meanings, morals, and manners.

From the thousands of poems published or posted in one year, McHugh has chosen seventy-five that fully engage the reader. With new work by established poets such as Louise Glück, Robert Hass, and Richard Wilbur, THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2007 also features such rising stars as Ben Lerner, Meghan O'Rourke, Brian Turner, and Matthea Harvey.

The anthology includes the ever-popular notes and comments section in which the contributors talk about the making of their poems. Series editor David Lehman's brilliant foreword limns the necessity of poetry. THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2007 is an exciting addition to a series committed to covering the American poetry scene and deliv

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