The Best American Poetry 2021
Guest Editor, Tracy K. Smith(amazon)
David Lehman (View Bio)
Hardcover: Scribner, 2021.
Since 1988, The Best American Poetry series has been "one of the mainstays of the poetry publication world" (Academy of American Poets). Each volume presents a choice of the year's most memorable poems, with comments from the poets themselves lending insight into their work.
The guest editor of The Best American Poetry 2021 is Tracy K. Smith, the former United States Poet Laureate, whose own poems are, Toi Derricotte's words, "beautiful and serene" in their surfaces with an underlying "sense of an unknown vastness." In The Best American Poetry 2021, Smith has selected a distinguished array of works both vast and beautiful by such important voices as Henri Cole, Billy Collins, Louise Erdrich, Nobel laureate Louise Glück, Terrance Hayes, and Kevin Young.
"This annual anthology touches on Covid, George Floyd and much else that’s timely and timeless, with work from Louise Glück, Terrance Hayes, Ada Limón and others." — "What to Read", The New York Times