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For the generation that tapered off with Eliot and Karl Shapiro's Essay on Rime, and for those Old Grads who have long since accepted the dying of the light within, The New Yorker still stokes the flame with better poetry on better paper. This rich selection, from poetry published over the magazine's forty-four years of existence, offers over 900 poems by more than 300 poets--from moonlighting purveyors best known for other forms of communication, to relatively unknown poets with a modest one and touchstone contributors like Roethke (17) and Dickey (15). The result of a winnowing by excellence--and, one would suspect, availability--this does not have the ungainly splay of most retrospective anthologies, and will probably be the only one to excite consumers beyond the campus. Indexes of authors, titles, first lines, with original publication dates given in the Contents.

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1969
Publisher: Viking