January 06, 2010

Best American Poetry 2010

I couldn't ask for better news to kick off a year: I've learned that my poem "Unit of Measure" has been selected by guest editor Amy Gerstler for inclusion in the 2010 Best American Poetry anthology, which will be published in the fall.

I'm really honored. Frankly, I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around it. I've been a faithful reader of the series for years.

Congratulations, too, to Hailey Leithauser, an incredible poet whose poem "The Old Woman Gets Drunk with the Moon" (first published in Pleiades) will also be included. Hailey and I were first page-neighbors in the 2005 Best New Poets, so there is a lovely symmetry in experiencing this together.

Thank you, BAP folks (not just Amy Gerstler, but series editor David Lehman, Mark Bibbins, and all at Scribner who produce such a beautiful book)--

Thank you, editors at Poetry (where the poem first appeared, in the July/August '09 issue)--


& most of all:

Thank you, capybaras!

12 comments:

Reb said...

Congratulations Sandra, I know two other fab poets who will be included too. I'm so looking forward to an Amy G BAP!

Justin Evans said...

This is really great news! Congratulations!

Steven D. Schroeder said...

Damn, congratulations!

Don said...

Congratulations! Couldn't happen to a more deserving poet.

Radish King said...

WOW! Congratulations :))

Rebecca

Matthew Thorburn said...

Congratulations, Sandra!

Jehanne Dubrow said...

Congratulations, chica! That's fantastic news. Many hugs.

Jessie Carty said...

wow! that is awesome! I think i bought my first BAP back in 1996? :)

Maggie May said...

Heck yes, Sandra!

i love the rhythm of the poem, it's so graceful and meditative, with that funny animal, capybara- is that it?- repeated and repeated, unit of measure, and then the strangely lovely thought about childhood teeth...

Martha Silano said...

You go, Sandra! I love you capybara poem; it deserves to be in BAP, for sure. Congrats!

M. C. Allan said...

this is awesome, so pleased! that poem is very deserving, and it's nice to see capybaras get the recognition they deserve :)

My word verification: denstrus, which I can only assume means a kind of estrus brought on by bad orthidonture.

Hem said...

thanks
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