The Best of the Best New Poets of 2011

Last week, the publishers of the annual Best New Poets anthology released the final lineup for their 2011 installment, chosen this year by guest editor D.A. Powell. The anthology will feature 50 new poems by 50 emerging poets, each chosen from a selection of work nominated by literary magazines and writing programs or submitted by the poets themselves. Eager for a whiff of our future poet laureate or literary game changer, we sifted through the internet for work by the talented poets to get ourselves a sneak peek of what we can expect from Best New Poets 2011. While we liked almost everything we found, we did hit upon ten poets whose work we particularly loved, whom we will now deem, based on our own subjective tastes, of course, the Best of the Best New Poets of 2011. Click through to check out our picks, but don’t be shy — there are 40 more poets whose work is just waiting to be explored.

Zach Buscher, “Nanopharmacology”

We were charmed by Buscher’s boyish, almost conversational style and barely hidden nerdery, whether it be in prose poetry about taking a beer bottle to the head, rapidly devolving pillow talk, or just introducing the hero. See his bio below:

ZACH BUSCHER hails from the Wild West of Massachusetts. He recently received his MFA from the University of Arizona, where he was a Beverly Rogers Fellow and Poetry Editor for Sonora Review. He now teaches at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Previous poems have appeared online in 42opus, SHAMPOO, 580 Split, Otoliths, tinfoildresses, sawbuck, Wheelhouse Magazine, Spooky Boyfriend, Juked, My Name is Mud, Back Room Live, Spork, and La Petite Zine. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts and www.zachbuscher.com.

Read some of his work here and at his website.