||Since its inception in 1988, The Best American Poetry has rapidly become the most prestigious showcase for new poetry in the United States. Selections for the 1991 edition were made by Mark Strand during his stint as the nationís poet laureate. Mr. Strand chose seventy-five poems from nearly three dozen magazines published in the previous year — work that illustrates the wide range of formal possibilities available to American poets. In addition, there is a moving introductory essay by Mr. Strand and a foreword by series editor David Lehman. "Highly recommended," writes Michael Dirda in the Washington Post Book World, praising the expansive section of contributorsí notes and comments as "especially valuable." The Best American Poetry enables readers to "piece together a fairly comprehensive survey of the countryís established poets and up-and-comers," notes Katherine Dieckmann in the Voice Literary Supplement. According to the Virginia Quarterly Review, "Anyone interested in obtaining a clear cross-section of current poetry writing at its best should read this book."