Natasha Trethewey: Best New Poets 2007 50 Poems from Emerging Writers



Ing best of collections specially of writers I d not known of before but this collection lacked the ferocity of feeling and level of care the other two seemed to offer But my friend Jee Leong Koh is included in it and that makes me happy His poem was A Conspiracy of Ravens (Lady Trent Mysteries excellent but then I d already read it beforefyimerging means not having had a book published yet An Lakeside Redemption eclectic selection of poetry chosen from submissions by journals writing programs and open competition Criteria used to define new poet is not having a full length book of poetry published yet Because some poems deserve a cult following all their ownEpithalamium is a word It s a lyric ode in honor of a bride and bridegroom Epithalamium is also a poem written by Catherine Pierce and featured in the Best New Poets 2007 anthologydited by Natasha Trethewey The definition of In Pursuit of a Princess epithalamium comes in handy when reading this poem because the poem is a suggestion of sorts on how one might keep that fresh wedding day feeling from going stale In the poem you the new bridebridegroom are told almost ordered toFirst know the type of car the other drove as a high school senior lateighties The poem goes on demanding as if your marriage depended on it and these days it does that You must love that car You must wish at least briefly that you had ridden in it This makes sense because if you didn t know your spouse as a high school senior that part of hisher life is basically unknown to you You can speculate about it you can pretend your spouse didn t Second Time Loving exist until heshe ran into you you can just forget about it This poem doesn t want you to guess or Y many are MFA students or graduates and chapbook authors and most have already seen some of their poems published in the most renowned andxclusive journals in North America The result is a remarkably diverse mix of poems BookPleasuresIt's a nervy thing for an anthology to label itself Best New Poets but once again this collection lives up to its name It's a rich and readable selection reflecting no party line aesthetic and attesting to the formidable promise of the merging generation David WojahnIn just three years Best New Poets has stablished itself as a crucial venue for rising poe.

I can t say that I was incredibly impressed with this collection Though most if not all of the work shows talent very little took my breath away or Dark Awakening even made me want to seek out work by these poetsMy favoritesDavid Welch Natalie Diaz Julie Sophia Paegle Christina Duhig Margaret Ronda and Catherine PierceAfter typing out that list I would have to say that the female poets in this collection seem to have stronger voices than the male poets overall The poems vary in uality but represent an interesting mix of what s currently out there in literary journals and MFA programs A good way to get a taste of what journals you might like to read I would have been interested in seeing less open contest winners and picks from publications Eh Um I love this series so much and this is the only one to which my response was whatever I still haven t read all the poems in the book they are just so uninteresting Poems barely knocked my socks off which pastditions proved this series capable of doing What makes the big difference Perhaps I don t like the Hawks Way (Hawks Way editor s viewstastesleanings in poetry Not having read any of her work I d say it s an uneducated guess This year was the only year I did not submit work for the publication in their open competition which by the way is the cheapest andasiest way to obtain a book Is this why I m unimpressedPerhaps becuase I had to wait so long and work so hard to obtain a copy the bookstore I ordered from took at least two months by which time I got it off despite their moving the distribution to Samovar that I felt the work in it didn t pay off I usually love read. Praise for Family Men earlierditions Unlike novelists and bad boy memoirists Creative Participation emerging poets are unlikely to sprawl on Oprah's couch date starlets or rouse bidding wars With an alertar for new voices this anthology offers a different kind of validation that of being well heard The result is a vibrant smorgasbord Best New Poets bears vidence of the insistent inuiries of self and the world that drive poetry ForewordOne comes to realize that the adjectives 'new' and 'emerging' are mere technicalities in this instance Although none of the poets included here have published a full length book of poetr.

Retend or forget it wants you to know that car inside and out it wants you to know the buckets seats and the red interior Epithalamium wants you to wish you had been in that passenger seat wants you to feel that sting of jealousy when you realize you didn t know the him or the her that drove that car that car that came before you From this poem I feel that it s not only important to know the car it s important to memorize it verything about it This way then it will seem as if you did know your spouse back then when heshe were young and green and not Cognitive Radio Networks even thinking of you Epithalamium suggests having fun and staying young as a way for those newlyweds to hang on to their love Consider starting a four piece cover bandConsider growing basil andor marijuanaKnow that at no point do you have to own a tapered jeans b a good blender c spare light bulbsThis poem isncouraging the breaking away from custom don t try to fit in with someone Personnel Management in Government else s views of what marriage is supposed to be Toward thend of the poem Catherine Pierce writes These are your decisions to make And I ve decided Out of This World even though I m not married yet I m going to carry this poem around with me in my head so as not tover forget it Get yourself a cult following Write This was a decent collection of poetry for the most part I couldn t put the book down There were however several poems that made me wonder While most of the poems were full of strong images some stuck out as being self conscious The introduction said that the The Time It Never Rained editors had almost 2500 poems to choose from so I am left wondering how certain poems made the final cut. Ts and a valuable resource for poetry lovers The only publication of its kind this annual anthology is made upxclusively of work by writers who have not yet published a full length book The poems included in this clectic sampling represent the best from the many that have been nominated by the country's top literary magazines and writing programs as well as some two thousand additional poems submitted through an open online competition The work of the fifty writers represented here provides the best perspective available on the continuing vitality of poetry as it's being practiced today.

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Natasha Trethewey is an American poet who was appointed United States Poet Laureate in June 2012; she began her official duties in September She won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her 2006 collection Native Guard and she is the Poet Laureate of MississippiShe is the Robert W Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University where she also directs the Creative Writi