As Cole Swensen argues in the introduction to this comprehensive new anthology, the long-acknowledged "fundamental division" between experimental and traditional is disappearing in American poetry in favor of hybrid approaches that blend trends from accessible lyricism to linguistic exploration. This new anthology is essential reading for those who care about the present moment--and the future--of American verse.
American Hybrid, co-edited with David St. John, Norton, 2009
“Not since Donald Allen's landmark New American Poetry 1945-1960 has there been a poetry anthology as indispensable as this. Editors Cole Swensen and David St. John shine a spotlight on a wide range of contemporary poets writing some of the most unique, inventive, and exciting poetry in America today.” —Michael Schaivo