Books by David Lehman
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NPR stories about David Lehman
Best American Poetry editor David Lehman has spent decades writing, reading, reviewing and anthologizing massive quantities of American poetry. But his latest project, compiling a retrospective collection of his own work, was new for him. He tells NPR that all his editorial experience wasn't terribly useful when it was time for self-curation.
Love, death, marriage, divorce — poetry tends to focus on life's major moments. But that hasn't held true for birth and child rearing. Critic (and new dad) David Orr reflects on the reasons why, and on the women and men who are, at last, delivering the poetry of parenthood.
Even a real poetry lover might find a 1,132-page anthology a bit daunting. But The Oxford Book of American Poetry is less for heavy lifting and more for browsing, in pursuit of old and new poetic pals.