"Joseph Parisi is the long-time former editor of Poetry magazine, and he has fashioned a wonderful collection, which contains both well-known and not-so-well-known poems, everything from works of Keats and Frost to such contemporary greats as Mary Oliver and Billy Collins. The short bios of the poets and introductions ensure that this diverse book will appeal to any poetry lover."
~Carrie Sutherland, J.W. Beecroft Books & Coffee, Superior, WI
“In this rich book, Joseph Parisi shows once and for all that modern poetry is not an obscure byway or specialized discipline but the latest chapter in poetry's quest to delight and instruct. Every reader will find poems here to learn and to love.”
“The plain and happy fact is that he has produced a book that will give much pleasure to anyone who knows and cares—or wants to know and care—about modern poetry.”
"In an introduction that will lift the spirit of every poetry lover who believes in a populist approach, Parisi explains why he created this "desert island" gathering of "indispensables" and how he was guided by "the three Ms," selecting poems that are modern, meaningful, and memorable. Preceded by wonderfully conversational and expertly appreciative biocritical essays about each poet, his choices are superb as he lingers over Yeats and Stevens and includes often-overlooked witty and satirical poets, among them Dorothy Parker, Ogden Nash, Kay Ryan, Frank O'Hara, and Billy Collins. A recommended collection."
~Donna Seaman, Booklist
"This volume should wind up being used in the very classrooms where appreciation of poetry and creative writing are taught."
~James Brown, Washington Times
"As a rich, concise education in modern poetry this book can scarcely be surpassed."
~Peter Walpole, Virginia Quarterly Review
"The fun’s in the surprises."
~Fort Wort Star-Telegram
"A 'go with me' guide to make it easier to approach the vast poetry shelves in your favorite bookstore."
~Christopher Flannery, Books in Brief
"Useful to those new in the genre, as well as to readers looking for a single portable volume.”
~Sheila Janega, School Library Journal
"Parisi has here made an important contribution to the genre of the anthology. 100 Essential Modern Poems is fairly generous in providing the information necessary to enter the world of those poems...Parisi's efforts are worthy of wide distribution."
~James Matthew Wilson, Contemporary Poetry Review
"These are great poems."
~Katie Peterson, Chicago Tribune
"Every time I lay eyes on it I can't help picking it up—even if it is for the hundredth time."
Praise for 100 Essential Modern Poems by Women
"Spreading the word about female poets is the impetus behind this anthology
of 150 years of exceptional women's poetry, along with lively profiles of the writers."
"Mighty and complex chain of voices...a smart, handy anthology, essential, indeed, to anyone's library."
"What makes the poets in this book so remarkable is not their gender but their genius."
"Fine selection, with illuminating notes and background material. This volume is a pleasure to read and to own."
"Parisi has encapsulated a literary age in a manner worthy of Dr. Johnson."
~Paula Deitz, editor, The Hudson Review
"Unusually useful and pleasurable volume...covers a gratifying stretch of literary and social terrain."
~Donna Seaman, Booklist
"Most of the poetry collected in this volume is among the author’s best...the poetry is entirely enjoyable and causes the reader to want to find more and more to read. The women represented here are truly masters of their craft."
"This is a wonderful collection of some of our finest women writers. Readers will be tantalized by the selections for each poet and will hopefully be inspired to seek out more of their work."