The ninth anthology in an award-winning series, a diverse collection of the seventy-five best poems of 1995, culled from more than forty literary journals, includes the work of African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, gays, and women. 40,000 first printing.
Adrienne Rich proves to be the most inclusive editor thus far in the Best American Poetry series, drawing from a number of writers and journals whose work had not been represented in earlier installments. Of course, established poets such as Alicia Ostriker and W.S. Merwin are present, alongside newcomers like Ray A. Young Bear and Latif Asad Abdullah. The poems range from the funny (Beth Ann Fennelly's unrhymed sonnet), to the sexy (Deborah Stein's steamy contribution), to the poignant (a posthumous inclusion from Jane Kenyon).