The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets gathers the work of thirty–five of the most compelling and talented new poets writing today. Groundbreaking anthologies of this kind come along once in a generation and, in time, define that generation. The Swallow Anthology identifies a group of poets who have recently begun to make an important mark on contemporary poetry, andThe Swallow Anthology of New American Poets gathers the work of thirty–five of the most compelling and talented new poets writing today. Groundbreaking anthologies of this kind come along once in a generation and, in time, define that generation. The Swallow Anthology identifies a group of poets who have recently begun to make an important mark on contemporary poetry, and their accomplishment and influence will only grow with time. The poets of The Swallow Anthology do not constitute a school or movement; rather they are a group of unique artists working at the top of their craft. As editor David Yezzi writes in his introduction, “Here is a group of poets who have, perhaps for the first time since the modernist revolution, returned to a happy détente between warring camps. This is a new kind of poet, who, dissatisfied with the climate of extremes, has found a balance between innovation and received form, the terror beneath the classical and the order underpinning the romantic. This new unified sensibility is no watered–down admixture, no easy compromise, but, rather, the vital spirit behind the most accomplished poetry being written by America’s new poets.”Poets include: Craig Arnold, David Barber, Rick Barot, Priscilla Becker, Geoffrey Brock, Dan Brown, Peter Campion, Bill Coyle, Morri Creech, Erica Dawson, Ben Downing, Andrew Feld, John Foy, Jason Gray, George Green, Joseph Harrison, Ernest Hilbert, Adam Kirsch, Joanie Mackowski, Eric McHenry, Molly McQuade, Joshua Mehigan, Wilmer Mills, Joe Osterhaus, J. Allyn Rosser, A. E. Stallings, Pimone Triplett, Catherine Tufariello, Deborah Warren, Rachel Wetzsteon, Greg Williamson, Christian Wiman, Mark Wunderlich, David Yezzi, and C. Dale Young....
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The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets Reviews
A very sober collection of thirty-five poets, giving a pretty generous selection-- at least five poems, and often more-- from each. The introduction makes the case that these poets are post-poetry wars, and I guess that means they are supposed to be wideranging because they are post-orthodoxy. I didn't find that to be quite true-- the poets largely wrote the same poem over and over here. It's a good poem, a serious poem that while it's interested in language, and especially in sentence and stanza as vehicles for thought, is more than words interested in thought-- these are dense, probing, meditative-philosophical poems of a sort of well-read, well-fed type. These are poems that rise out of a study of poetic tradition, and which, I think, see themselves first as part of that tradition, and only secondarily as being the products of lived experience.I really don't mean to crack on the poems in this book, many of which were very enjoyable to read, just to suggest that as a book, it lacks a little variety and verve. I found it by the end a little dull, which is too bad because the last poets in the book (especially Wunderlich and C. Dale Young but also editor Yezzi), in any other circumstance, would seem anything but that. It's hard not to feel like there'd be more pleasure in reading any one of these poets in isolation than mashed back-to-back-to-back like they are here.
Overall, a comprehensive anthology of, as the title suggests, new American contemporary poetry. David Yezzi, an established poet and editor at the New Criterion, does a fine job in selecting a diversity of poets and his choices are not as limited in style as you might expect given his connection with the New Criterion—which always seems to favor a certain style of modern poetry for its own pages.Each poet featured also gets a one-page biographical sketch complete with photo, which is a nice way of introducing voices we're not already too familar with in this context. I am not going to depart into a critique of each and every poet featured as some I certainly liked better than others, but none I felt were not worthy of inclusion. This volume would make good plane or train reading or for any situation where it's nice to have a variety of new poetry to read.
Contained some of the newer work--when it came out, at least-from a number of the best "younger" poets writing in meter today, such as Joshua Mehigan, A.E. Stallings, Bill Coyle, Catherine Tufariello, and Deborah Warren. A must have anthology.