Here is the eagerly awaited new edition of The Oxford Book of American Poetry brought completely up to date and dramatically expanded by poet David Lehman. It is a rich, capacious volume, featuring the work of more than 200 poets-almost three times as many as the 1976 edition.
Responding to the overt racism of the Trump era, Ta-Nehisi Coates´s ´´My President Was Black´´ (Atlantic) looks back at the meaning of Obama. Howard Bryant (ESPN the Magazine) and Bim Adewunmi (Buzzfeed) offer incisive columns on the intersections of pop culture, sports, race, and politics. In addition, David Wallace-Wells reveals the coming disaster of our climate-change-ravaged future (New York); Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham´s ESPN the Magazine reporting exposes the seamy sides of the NFL; Nina Martin and Renee Montagne investigate America´s shameful record on maternal mortality (NPR/ProPublica); Ian Frazier asks ´´What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution?´´ (Smithsonian); and Alex Mar considers ´´Love in the Time of Robots´´ (Wired with Epic Magazine). The collection concludes with Kristen Roupenian´s viral hit short story ´´Cat Person´´ (New Yorker).