The 2019 edition of The Best American Poetryâ€”â€śone of the mainstays of the poetry publication worldâ€ť (Academy of American Poets)â€”now guest edited by Major Jackson, award-winning poet and poetry editor of the Harvard Review.
Since 1988, The Best American Poetry has been the leading anthology of contemporary American poetry. The Washington Post said of the 2017 edition, â€śThe poems...have a wonderful cohesion and flow, as if each contributes to a larger narrative about life todayâ€¦While readers may question some of the selectionsâ€”an annual sport with this seriesâ€”most will find much that resonates, including the insightful author notes at the back of the anthology.â€ť
The state of the world has inspired many to write poetry, and to read itâ€”to share all the rage, beauty, and every other thing under the sun in the way that only poetry can. Now the foremost anthology of contemporary American poetry returns, guest edited by Major Jackson, the poet and editor who, â€śmakes poems that rumble and rockâ€ť (poet Dorianne Laux). This brilliant 2019 edition includes some of the yearâ€™s most defining, striking, and innovative poems and poets.