The Poet Laureate Anthology

"It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there," wrote William Carlos Williams. This rich anthology, the first to collect representative works from all of America’s poet laureates, is filled with poetic news from Robert Frost to Rita Dove to Billy Collins to Kay Ryan, which make it life-affirming in a profound way.

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