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)--
Thank you, capybaras!