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To honor FSG's 75th anniversary, here is a unique anthology celebrating the riches and variety of its poetry list—past, present, and future Poetry has been at the heart of Farrar, Straus and Giroux's identity ever since Robert Giroux joined the fledgling company in the mid-1950s, soon bringing T. S. Eliot, John Berryman, Robert Lowell, and Elizabeth Bishop onto the list. Th To honor FSG's 75th anniversary, here is a unique anthology celebrating the riches and variety of its poetry list—past, present, and future Poetry has been at the heart of Farrar, Straus and Giroux's identity ever since Robert Giroux joined the fledgling company in the mid-1950s, soon bringing T. S. Eliot, John Berryman, Robert Lowell, and Elizabeth Bishop onto the list. These extraordinary poets and their successors have been essential in helping define FSG as a publishing house with a unique place in American letters. The FSG Poetry Anthology includes work by almost all of the more than one hundred twenty-five poets whom FSG has published in its seventy-five-year history. Giroux's first generation was augmented by a group of international figures (and Nobel laureates), including Pablo Neruda, Nelly Sachs, Derek Walcott, Seamus Heaney, and Joseph Brodsky. Over time the list expanded to includes poets as diverse as Yehuda Amichai, John Ashbery, Frank Bidart, Louise Glück, Thom Gunn, Ted Hughes, Yusef Komunyakaa, Mina Loy, Marianne Moore, Paul Muldoon, Les Murray, Grace Paley, Carl Phillips, Gjertrud Schnackenberg, James Schuyler, C. K. Williams, Charles Wright, James Wright, and Adam Zagajewski. Today, Henri Cole, francine j. harris, Ishion Hutchinson, Maureen N. McLane, Ange Mlinko, Valzhyna Mort, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Frederick Seidel are among the poets who are continuing FSG's tradition as a discoverer and promoter of the most vital and distinguished contemporary voices. This anthology is a wide-ranging showcase of some of the best poems published in America over the past three generations. It is also a sounding of poetry's present and future.


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To honor FSG's 75th anniversary, here is a unique anthology celebrating the riches and variety of its poetry list—past, present, and future Poetry has been at the heart of Farrar, Straus and Giroux's identity ever since Robert Giroux joined the fledgling company in the mid-1950s, soon bringing T. S. Eliot, John Berryman, Robert Lowell, and Elizabeth Bishop onto the list. Th To honor FSG's 75th anniversary, here is a unique anthology celebrating the riches and variety of its poetry list—past, present, and future Poetry has been at the heart of Farrar, Straus and Giroux's identity ever since Robert Giroux joined the fledgling company in the mid-1950s, soon bringing T. S. Eliot, John Berryman, Robert Lowell, and Elizabeth Bishop onto the list. These extraordinary poets and their successors have been essential in helping define FSG as a publishing house with a unique place in American letters. The FSG Poetry Anthology includes work by almost all of the more than one hundred twenty-five poets whom FSG has published in its seventy-five-year history. Giroux's first generation was augmented by a group of international figures (and Nobel laureates), including Pablo Neruda, Nelly Sachs, Derek Walcott, Seamus Heaney, and Joseph Brodsky. Over time the list expanded to includes poets as diverse as Yehuda Amichai, John Ashbery, Frank Bidart, Louise Glück, Thom Gunn, Ted Hughes, Yusef Komunyakaa, Mina Loy, Marianne Moore, Paul Muldoon, Les Murray, Grace Paley, Carl Phillips, Gjertrud Schnackenberg, James Schuyler, C. K. Williams, Charles Wright, James Wright, and Adam Zagajewski. Today, Henri Cole, francine j. harris, Ishion Hutchinson, Maureen N. McLane, Ange Mlinko, Valzhyna Mort, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Frederick Seidel are among the poets who are continuing FSG's tradition as a discoverer and promoter of the most vital and distinguished contemporary voices. This anthology is a wide-ranging showcase of some of the best poems published in America over the past three generations. It is also a sounding of poetry's present and future.

33 review for The FSG Poetry Anthology

  1. 5 out of 5

    Atri

    Sometimes your tone transforms us for a moment, we believe - truly - that every day is sacred, that poetry - how to put it? - makes life rounder, fuller, prouder, unashamed of perfect formulation. - Adam Zagajewski, "Reading Milosz" (Trans. Clare Cavanagh) *** Dialogues fade out, they are made of thought, repeated by an echo. A silence is invoked, fingers on a windowpane, a step taken between tables. Since one is benevolent, one says song and light. - Marie Étienne, "King of a Hundred Horsemen" (Trans. Marilyn Ha Sometimes your tone transforms us for a moment, we believe - truly - that every day is sacred, that poetry - how to put it? - makes life rounder, fuller, prouder, unashamed of perfect formulation. - Adam Zagajewski, "Reading Milosz" (Trans. Clare Cavanagh) *** Dialogues fade out, they are made of thought, repeated by an echo. A silence is invoked, fingers on a windowpane, a step taken between tables. Since one is benevolent, one says song and light. - Marie Étienne, "King of a Hundred Horsemen" (Trans. Marilyn Hacker) *** And don't we live a parallel life in thought, an attentiveness not unlike a natural prayer of the mind and not-mind? The shadow cast between them. Where an unlight burns. Karen Solie, "Affirmations" *** ...I hope there's Someone, that it cast its spell beyond the small cone of light Hovering over my desk, and that what started out one night So long ago in silence doesn't end that way. I fantasize I can hear it somewhere in the realm of possibility, But only now and then, in intervals between breaths. - John Koethe, " What Was Poetry?" Thanks to NetGalley and FSG for the ARC of this splendid anthology consisting of a constellation of brilliant poets. And thanks to my Goodreads friends for introducing me to NetGalley!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Bayer

    On the one hand, I did really enjoy some of these poems and there are certainly great poets in these pages. There's some diversity in not just race and gender but also language and style. That said, the introduction hit on one of the things I dislike so much about the established poetry community. It gleefully tells of how the friendships of the editors and poets led to their inclusions in the journal over the years, and to their friends in turn being welcomed into the fold. The published poetry On the one hand, I did really enjoy some of these poems and there are certainly great poets in these pages. There's some diversity in not just race and gender but also language and style. That said, the introduction hit on one of the things I dislike so much about the established poetry community. It gleefully tells of how the friendships of the editors and poets led to their inclusions in the journal over the years, and to their friends in turn being welcomed into the fold. The published poetry community has always been a sort of snobbish private club. So many voices have been unwelcome until recently when the rise of Instagram poetry (heaven help us), small presses and other avenues have finally begun to open up poetry for readers and writers of all types. If you enjoy the "best" poets of the past near-century in terms of who got the most press and accolades in their own incestuous elite poetry circles, you will find them here. And they are good. But it is very much a look to a very selective group of pretty people, so to speak. It all felt a little old and done to me. I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    This poetry anthology highlights some of the best poets and poetry coming out of FSG over the last few decades. I found a few well-loved favorites of my own and a few names I didn't know but liked. Can you really ask anything more from an anthology? It is organized both chronologically but also in more subtle ways, connecting poems by theme or focus at times. Subtle but appreciated! Some of my favorites: We are Many by Pablo Neruda https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/we-ar... Night by Louise Bogan https: This poetry anthology highlights some of the best poets and poetry coming out of FSG over the last few decades. I found a few well-loved favorites of my own and a few names I didn't know but liked. Can you really ask anything more from an anthology? It is organized both chronologically but also in more subtle ways, connecting poems by theme or focus at times. Subtle but appreciated! Some of my favorites: We are Many by Pablo Neruda https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/we-ar... Night by Louise Bogan https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poet... Crossroads by Louise Glück https://medium.com/@mj1982m/crossroad... A Winter Night by Tomas Tranströmer, translated by Robin Robertson https://www.npr.org/2012/01/09/144904... Dancer by Nelly Sachs, translated by Joshua Weiner (And interestingly, I think this is a new translation, because I found one called "Ballerina" that has parallels but is not the same... use this anthology to read this version) In broad dayliGht black moms look grieving by Roya Marsh And this leads me to say that overall it is very western and very white and very male as one would expect in a retrospective. There are some small beacons of otherness and I did enjoy some of these translations (Mark Strand on Neruda for instance,) but let's hope they include more of the wide world of voices in the next set of decades! I also took note of a few Russian poets I may want to read for my project next year - Joseph Brodsky, Aleksandr Kushner, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. I had a copy of this from the publisher through NetGalley.

  4. 5 out of 5

    joyce w. laudon

    Poetry lovers, or those who want to explore poetry in the hopes of becoming one, mark your calendar for this book’s publication date. It is an incredibly generous and wide-ranging collection of poetry over the 75 years of Farrar, Strauss and Giroux’s history. The book is organized by time periods. The first poems included are from the 1950s and they keep going from there, right up until the 2020s. There are so many wonderful poets in here that I cannot possibly name them all. Just a few from the Poetry lovers, or those who want to explore poetry in the hopes of becoming one, mark your calendar for this book’s publication date. It is an incredibly generous and wide-ranging collection of poetry over the 75 years of Farrar, Strauss and Giroux’s history. The book is organized by time periods. The first poems included are from the 1950s and they keep going from there, right up until the 2020s. There are so many wonderful poets in here that I cannot possibly name them all. Just a few from the first section of the book to give readers an idea; Pablo Neruda, T.S. Eliot, Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop and Randall Jarrell to name just some. By the time readers approach the 2020s, they can read works by Sylvie Baumgarten, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Spenser Resece and others. In between there are a cornucopia of choices. I highly recommend this title. Get it for yourself or as a gift for someone you know. It is worth it. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    This anthology includes a range of poetry from the publishing house of Farrah, Straus, and Giroux. I enjoyed old favorites and was introduced to poets I was not familiar with, so my poetic horizons were broadened. Still, many of the poems did not resonate with me which often means I need to read them again. Here a couple of favorites: LOUISE BOGAN NIGHT The cold remote islands And the blue estuaries Where what breathes, breathes The restless wind of the inlets, And what drinks, drinks The incoming tide; W This anthology includes a range of poetry from the publishing house of Farrah, Straus, and Giroux. I enjoyed old favorites and was introduced to poets I was not familiar with, so my poetic horizons were broadened. Still, many of the poems did not resonate with me which often means I need to read them again. Here a couple of favorites: LOUISE BOGAN NIGHT The cold remote islands And the blue estuaries Where what breathes, breathes The restless wind of the inlets, And what drinks, drinks The incoming tide; Where shell and weed Wait upon the salt wash of the sea, And the clear nights of stars Swing their lights westward To set behind the land; Where the pulse clinging to the rocks Renews itself forever; Where, again on unclouded nights, The water reflects The firmament's partial setting; -O remember In your narrowing dark hours That more things move Than blood in the heart Postscript Seamus Heaney And some time make the time to drive out west Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore, In September or October, when the wind And the light are working off each other So that the ocean on one side is wild With foam and glitter, and inland among stones The surface of a slate-grey lake is lit By the earthed lightning of a flock of swans, Their feathers roughed and ruffling, white on white, Their fully grown headstrong-looking heads Tucked or cresting or busy underwater. Useless to think you’ll park and capture it More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there, A hurry through which known and strange things pass As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways And catch the heart off guard and blow it open.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing this eARC in exchange for an honest review. The FSG Poetry Anthology presents poems and poets from the very beginning of Farrar, Straus and Giroux's publishing history, through to the present day. The anthology, arranged in a loose chronological order, celebrates the publisher's history of poetic achievement and charts its literary sensibilities across time. This was a solid poetry anthology. I don't think every poem in any given anthology is Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing this eARC in exchange for an honest review. The FSG Poetry Anthology presents poems and poets from the very beginning of Farrar, Straus and Giroux's publishing history, through to the present day. The anthology, arranged in a loose chronological order, celebrates the publisher's history of poetic achievement and charts its literary sensibilities across time. This was a solid poetry anthology. I don't think every poem in any given anthology is for every reader, but I think every reader could easily find one, or two, or ten poems in this anthology that speak to them on that deeper level which compels all of us to turn back to poetry at some point in our lives. As a reader who's mostly only had exposure to FSG's longer-form publications, it was interesting and refreshing to see how the publishing company's award-winning sensibilities translated into poetry. I certainly was not disappointed. From Grace Paley to Pablo Neruda to Elizabeth Bishop, the poets on the page were all of high caliber, and the scope of the collection left me wanting very little.

  7. 4 out of 5

    vicki honeyman

    Founded in 1946, the small independent publishing house Farrar and Straus added literary editor Robert Giroux to their firm in 1955. He brought with him leading writers, especially poets, which elicited FSG’s identity as publishers of poetry. This collection marks FSG’s 75th anniversary to honor Robert Giroux and includes nearly all the poets they published from the 1950’s to present. What a treat.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ari

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    Chris Churmusi

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    Caroline Mason

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    Alexander

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    Wuttipol✨

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    Bernice

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    Michelle McGrane

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    Kara

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    Alex Helm

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    Gerhard

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    Sue

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    Danielle Ruse

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    Mel

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    Blue And Grey

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    Anna Styers-Barnett

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    Mandy C

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    Amy Christine Lesher

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    Danielson

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    Brendan Berls

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    Matriarchy

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    Richard

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    Hannah

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    Rami Tannous

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    Alice Maldonado

  32. 4 out of 5

    Allana

  33. 5 out of 5

    Hayley Brehl

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