Best of the BestGAMBIER, Ohio (March 14, 2006) Five poems from recent issues of the Kenyon Review have been selected for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 2006 anthology. The poems and their authors are: "Sally's Hair," John Koethe, from the Review's Fall 2004 issue; "Harvesting the Cows," Ellen Bryant Voigt, Winter 2005; "Our Generation," Carl Dennis, Spring 2005; "My First Mermaid," Debora Greger, Fall 2005; and "The Other Woman's Point of View," Liz Rosenberg, Fall 2005. The winning poems were selected by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate 2001-2003, who served as guest editor for the collection. The series editor is David Lehman.
"We're absolutely thrilled by the number of poems selected for this edition," says David H. Lynn, editor of the Kenyon Review. "Seeing five poems published in Best American Poetry is a great honor for the Kenyon Review and for our authors--and it's a testament to (Kenyon Review Poetry Editor) David Baker's keen aesthetic instincts."
The Best American Poetry 2006 is slated for release by Scribner in September 2006.
Founded at Kenyon College in 1939 by poet and critic John Crowe Ransom, the Kenyon Review is currently edited by David Lynn, who is a professor of English at the College. Many noted writers have published their early (and later) works in the magazine, among them poet Robert Lowell and novelist Joyce Carol Oates.