The Best American Poetry 2012. David Lehman and Mark Doty. Simon & Schuster, 2012. Over the last twenty-five years, The Best American Poetry has become an annual rite of the poetry world, and this year's anthology is a welcome and essential addition to the series. Painting used on cover: Jane Freilicher on 21st Street (1953). Nell Blaine. Oil on paper.
Dennis Miller Bunker Painting at Calcot (1888). John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925). Oil on canvas. Terra Museum of American Art, Evanston. Bunker stands back from his own painting with Sargent's sister Violet sitting at the edge of a creek. It is painted in a free style, heavy and unfinished in the impressionists sense. Blacks and browns and muted greens predominate and there is a heavy contrast with the whites in the foreground.