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American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry


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. The focus in American Hybrid is on the blend; the more than seventy poets featured here--including Jorie Graham, Albert Goldbarth, and Lyn Hejinian--have found new and often unique ways to reconfigure the innumerable and sometimes conflicting voices of the past thirty years. The editors have crafted short introductory essays on each of the poets in the anthology, providing biographical backgrounds and positioning them within the current of contemporary poetry. This new anthology is essential reading for those who care about the present moment--and the future--of American verse.

Title:American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:560 pages

    American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry Reviews

  • Oscar
    May 30, 2009

    Could also be titled: Experiment for Experiment's Sake.I only got through 2/3 of the book (has to go back to my local library) but what I did read was very mixed. My chief concern with this anthology ...

  • Jesse De Angelis
    Apr 26, 2013

    I think the percentage of poems I liked was somewhere around maybe 10% - which isn't awful for any anthology this big - but the stuff I didn't like I really didn't like.I feel like a square for articu...

  • Jordan
    Jul 25, 2009

    There's some good work here--and not the usual anthology pieces. Of course, that's the point of the book. I was surprised to like Jorie Graham's selection so much. As with any anthology of this scope,...

  • Matt Walker
    Jun 23, 2009

    I'm not really an anthology guy--I'm more likely just to look for the individual books of the various poets in the library--but this line-up looks pretty good. A lot of people on the internet are bitc...

  • Tracie
    Sep 15, 2011

    I gave this book five stars because it really opened my eyes to a new way of looking at poetry. It was the text for a poetry class I took, and I learned a lot just from the few sections and pieces tha...

  • CX Dillhunt
    Mar 15, 2010

    disturbing introduction--it's inaccurate, simplistic, & opportunistic; a clever title, but doesn't hold up, needs much more thought; neither the collection itself nor the shabbily written intro/premis...

  • Heather June Gibbons
    Jun 09, 2009

    A timely, somewhat controversial, and much-needed anthology of many wonderful contemporary American poets. I don't always agree with the editors' selections, but I'm so glad this anthology exists. I'm...

  • Ann Woodlief
    Jun 20, 2009

    This collection of poetry (mostly current) is beyond me! I may be too old to "get it." The poets mostly teach in MFA programs, so I don't have a lot of hope for the future of poetry. Also, this is a N...

  • Bonnie
    May 26, 2009

    The worst use of the term "hybrid" ever! ...

  • Lesley
    Aug 12, 2008

    Best anthology I've seen. ...