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Robin Coste Lewis's "On the Road to Sri Bhuvaneshwari" Chosen Best American Poetry
By Los Angeles Review of Books
Feb 5, 2016 - 7:54:31 AM

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Los Angeles, CA -- The Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) is pleased to announce that Robin Coste Lewis's poem "On the Road to Sri Bhuvaneshwari," originally published in the Fall 2015 Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal "No Crisis" issue, has been selected for The Best American Poetry 2016.

"Robin Coste Lewis's extraordinary poem 'On the Road to Sri Bhuvaneshwari' reinvents the life cycle," said Elizabeth Metzger, poetry editor for the Quarterly Journal. "I selected this poem for the Quarterly Journal because it offers, with patience and precision, the gift of mutual reincarnation, of infinite and translatable intimacy. Each time I travel through it, I think of the powerful, transformative cycle of reading -- this is what poetry is, this is what we can be, this is the labor of remembering and becoming."

The premier anthology of contemporary American poetry for the last 25 years, The Best American Poetry 2016 is guest-edited by award-winning poet Edward Hirsch, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and the president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Hirsch curates a thoughtful selection of poetry for 2016, including Lewis's "On the Road to Sri Bhuvaneshwari," that "reflect[s] the soul of poetry in America." David Lehman, The Best American Poetry series editor opens the 2016 edition with "an insider's guide and a thoughtful contemplation of poetry today."

"We're honored to know that the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal is home to some of the vanguard poets in letters today, such as Robin Coste Lewis," said Jonathan Hahn, the executive editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books and editor of the Quarterly Journal. "On behalf of all of us here at LARB, we wish Robin many congratulations. The selection of her work for the prestigious Best American Poetry anthology is well deserved."

The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal is LARB's signature print edition, featuring original work across a variety of diverse genres, including personal essay, fiction, and poetry. Each issue of the Journal also features an Artist Portfolio profiling artists breaking new ground in their respective fields. The Journal is a testament to the fact that print is thriving, as readers continue to have a profound appetite for curated, edited, smart, and fun opinion, written by the best writers and thinkers of our time. The Fall 2015 "No Crisis" edition in particular considers the state of critical thinking and writing -- literary interpretation, art history, ad cultural studies -- in the 21st century, with the hope of showing that the art of criticism is flourishing, rich with intellectual power and sustaining beauty, in hard times.

In addition to Robin Coste Lewis, the most recent Quarterly Journal features original poetry by Julie Kantor, Dorothea Lasky, Brian Teare, Margaret Ronda, Lo Kwa Mei-en, and Andrew Nance; feature essays by Michael W. Clune, Virginia Jackson, Tavia Nyong'o, Namwali Serpell, and Kenneth W. Warren; and includes an Artist Portfolio and profile of Andrea Bowers.

The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal can be purchased in bookstores where available, or via subscription at

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