THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2010
Guest Editor: AMY GERSTLER

 
 
 

Table of Contents

John Ashbery, Alcove
Appeared in: The London Review of Books
Sandra Beasley, Unit of Measure
Appeared in: Poetry
Mark Bibbins, The Devil You Don't
Appeared in: Glass Technology
Todd Boss, My Dog Has No Nose
Appeared in: The Georgia Review
Fleda Brown, The Dead
Appeared in: Southern Poetry Review
Fleda Brown, Roofers
Appeared in: The Georgia Review
Anne Carson, Wildly Constant
Appeared in: The London Review of Books
Tom Clark, Fidelity
Appeared in: Vanitas
David Clewell, This Poem Had Better Be about the World We Actually Live In
Appeared in: The Georgia Review
Michael Collier, An Individual History
Appeared in: The Virginia Quarterly Review
Billy Collins, Grave
Appeared in: The Atlantic Monthly
Dennis Cooper, Ugly Man
Appeared in: The Agriculture Reader
Kate Daniels, from A Walk in Victoria's Secret
Appeared in: Women's Review of Books
Peter Davis, Four Addresses
Appeared in: Double Room
Tim Dlugos, Come in from the Rain
Appeared in: Poetry
Denise Duhamel, Play
Appeared in: The Antioch Review
Thomas Sayers Ellis, Presidential Blackness
Appeared in: The Oxford American
Lynn Emanuel, Dear Final Journey,
Appeared in: Boston Review
Elaine Equi, What Is It about Hands?
Appeared in: LIT
Jill Alexander Essbaum, Apologia
Appeared in: Image
B. H. Fairchild, On the Waterfront
Appeared in: The Sewanee Review
Vievee Frances, Smoke under the Bale
Appeared in: Callaloo
Louise Glück, At the River
Appeared in: The New Yorker
Albert Goldbarth, What's Left
Appeared in: Boulevard
Amy Glynn Greacen, Namaskar
Appeared in: Sewanee Theological Review
Sonia Greenfield, Passing the Barnyard Graveyard
Appeared in: The Antioch Review
Kelle Groom, Oh don't
Appeared in: Witness
Gabriel Gudding, And What, Friends, Is Called a Road?
Appeared in: Action Yes Online Quarterly
Kimiko Hahn, The Poetic Memoirs of Lady Daibu
Appeared in: Court Green
Barbara Hamby, Five Lingo Sonnets
Appeared in: Verse
Terrance Hayes, I Just Want to Look
Appeared in: MiPoesias
Bob Hicok, The Cunning Optimism of Language
Appeared in: Conduit
Rodney Jones, North Alabama Endtime
Appeared in: Five Points
Michaela Kahn, If I ring my body like a bell of coins, will the shock waves of that sound cause oil rigs & volcanoes to errupt?
Appeared in: Sentence
Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Rome
Appeared in: Ploughshares
Corinne Lee, Six from Birds of Self-Knowledge
Appeared in: Verse
Hailey Leithauser, Old Woman Gets Drunk with the Moon
Appeared in: Pleiades
Dolly Lemke, I never went to that movie at 12:45
Appeared in: Columbia Poetry Review
Maurice Manning, A Man with a Rooster in His Dream
Appeared in: Ploughshares
Adrian Matejka, Seven Days of Falling
Appeared in: Prairie Schooner
Shane McCrae, Pietà
Appeared in: West Branch
Jeffrey McDaniel, The Grudge
Appeared in: Sonora Review
W. S. Merwin, Identity
Appeared in: Poetry
Sarah Murphy, Letter to the Past after Long Silence
Appeared in: New England Review
Eileen Myles, The Perfect Faceless Fish
Appeared in: The Brooklyn Rail
Camille Norton, The Prison Diary of Bartlett Yancy Malone
Appeared in: Field
Alice Notley, From Eurynome's Sandals
Appeared in: Chicago Review
Sharon Olds, Q
Appeared in: The New Yorker
Gregory Pardlo, Written by Himself
Appeared in: American Poetry Review
Lucia Perillo, Inseminating the Elephant
Appeared in: Poets & Writers
Carl Phillips, Heaven and Earth
Appeared in: Witness
Adrienne Rich, Domain
Appeared in: Michigan Quarterly Review
James Richardson, Vectors 2.3: Fifty Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays
Appeared in: American Poetry Review
J. Allyn Rosser, Children's Children Speak
Appeared in: The Georgia Review
James Schuyler, Having My Say-So
Appeared in: The Sienese Shredder
Tim Seibles, Allison Wolff
Appeared in: Ploughshares
David Shapiro, A Visit
Appeared in: The Hat
Charles Simic, Carrying on like a Crow
Appeared in: The London Review of Books
Frank Stanford, Blue Yodel of Those Who Were Always Telling Me
Appeared in: ABZ:A Poetry Magazine
Gerald Stern, Stoop
Appeared in: The Antioch Review
Stephen Campbell Sutherland, SATs
Appeared in: Open City
James Tate, Depression
Appeared in: Conduit
David Trinidad, Black Telephone
Appeared in: Tin House
Chase Twichell, The Dark Rides
Appeared in: New England Review
John Updike, Peggy Lutz, Fred Muth 12/13/08
Appeared in: The New Yorker
Derek Walcott, 21
Appeared in: A Public Space
G. C. Waldrep, Their Faces Shall Be as Flames
Appeared in: New England Review
J. E. Wei, In the Field
Appeared in: Sentence
Dara, Wier
Appeared in: Open City
Terence Winch, Objects of Spiritual Significance
Appeared in: Glass Technology
Catherine Wing, The Darker Soon
Appeared in: 32 Poems
Mark Wunderlich, Coyote, with Mange
Appeared in: Poetry
Matthew Yeager, From A Jar of Balloons or The Uncooked Rice
Appeared in: Sixth Finch
Dean Young, Off the Hook Ode
Appeared in: American Poetry Review
Kevin Young, Lime Light Blues
Appeared in: Tin House

 

 
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