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The Best American Poetry 1998

  John HollanderJohn Hollander was born in New York City in 1929. A Crackling of Thorns, his first book of poems, was chosen by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series in 1958. The sixteen books that have followed -- including Types of Shape (1969), Reflections on Espionage (1976), and Powers of the Thirteen (1983) -- demonstrate a rare virtuosity and cunning ingenuity. Selected Poetry and Tesserae, his two most recent volumes, were issued simultaneously by Knopf in 1993. Mr. Hollander has also written six books of criticism, including The Work of Poetry (Columbia University Press, 1997) and a forthcoming volume, The Poetry of Everyday Life (University of Michigan Press). He has edited, or been co-editor of, numerous collections (such as The Laurel Ben Johnson) and influential anthologies (the definitive two-volume Library of America edition of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century). Together with Anthony Hecht, with whom he shared the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1983, he put together Jiggery-Pokery: A Compendium of Double Dactyls. In 1990 he was made a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation. He is currently Sterling Professor of English at Yale University.

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