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"No other anthology of its scope can touch it."-Christine Hume, Eastern Michigan University

"Like America itself, this anthology shows how diverse groups of writers influence and inform each other in heartbreakingly beautiful ways."-Sian Griffiths, Weber State University



Read the surprising unpublished Robert Frost poems that were not included in the standard Lathem edition. Discover the powerful early 20th century Native American poets whose work was lost for over 70 years. Read Gwendolyn Bennett's previously unpublished eloquent social protest poems and Countee Cullen's provocative uncollected poems about race and sexuality. Encounter, perhaps for the first time, the late apocalyptic poetry of Robinson Jeffers.

And find more poetry by Emily Dickinson, Edwin Markham, Edgar Lee Masters, Edwin Arlington Robinson, James Weldon Johnson, Amy Lowell, Gertrude Stein, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Vachel Lindsay, Wallace Stevens, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Anne Spencer, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, H.D., T. S. Eliot, Archibald MacLeish, Dorothy Parker, Charles Reznikoff, John Wheelwright, Louise Bogan, Hart Crane, Yvor Winters, Sterling A. Brown, Laura Riding Jackson, Langston Hughes, Arna Bontemps, Lorine Niedecker, John Beecher, Robert Penn Warren, Stanley Kunitz, Joseph Kalar, Theodore Roethke, George Oppen, Edwin Rolfe, and Sol Funaroff, along with new sections on W. E. B. Du Bois, Stephen Crane, Sara Teasdale, Elinor Wylie, and Lynn Riggs.


Read the most compelling poem sequence about African American history ever written by a white poet, Aaron Kramer's "Denmark Vesey." Read Jack Kerouac's little-known irreverent haiku and his visionary Buddhist poetry. Read Anne Sexton's rarely anthologized poems about the life of Christ. Experience William Heyen's powerful poem sequence constructed as a dialogue between the great Ogalala war chief Crazy Horse and General George Armstrong Custer. Share Sharon Old's devastating and witty poems about her divorce, Thomas James's uncanny channeling of an Egyptian mummy's persona, Natasha Trethewey's extraordinary poem sequence about the American Civil War, and the ground-breaking poems about gay sexuality by D.A. Powell and Richard Siken.

And find more poetry by Charles Henri Ford, Charles Olson, William Everson, Robert Hayden, Weldon Kees, William Stafford, Dudley Randall, Thomas McGrath, Robert Lowell, Gwendolyn Brooks, William Bronk, Richard Wilbur, Anthony Hecht, Bob Kaufman, Maxine Kumin, Paul Blackburn, Frank O’Hara, James Wright, John Ashbery, W. S. Merwin, Anne Sexton, Philip Levine, Adrienne Rich, Etheridge Knight, Henry Dumas, N. Scott Momaday, Mark Strand, Charles Wright, Ishmael Reed, Robert Pinsky, Robert Haas, Sharon Olds, Louise Gluck, Paul Violi, Adrian Louis, C. D. Wright, Carolyn Forche, Garrett Kaoru Hongo, Rita Dove, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Ana Castillo, Mark Doty, Louise Erdrich, Thylias Moss, Patricia Smith, Marilyn Chin, and Martin Espada.

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