||The Best American Poetry 1990 presents seventy-five poets — ranging from a college freshman to the current poet laureate of the United States — published in the preceding year. Selected by the esteemed poet Jorie Graham, the poems were culled from nearly three dozen magazines in an effort to glean the best work being done today. Last year's edition of The Best American Poetry appeared on the bestseller list compiled from independent bookstores, prompting series editor David Lehman to hail "the remarkable vitality of American poetry and its readership." With comments by the contributors offering insight into their work, The Best American Poetry 1990, takes its place in a series that is "already an institution" (Edward Morin, Detroit News). "An exhilarating compendium of talent with staggering diversity (Publishers Weekly). "An essential purchase" (Washington Post Book World).