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.
May 25: On this day in 1938 Raymond Carver was born. Carver's poem "Luck," about a nine-year-old who wakes to an empty house and the leftovers of his parents' party, is all too autobiographical: "What luck, I thought. / Years later,…