A collection of nearly 400 poems by more than 100 different writers, The Extraordinary Tide synthesizes and celebrates an entire era of poetry by women in America. Long overdue, the anthology includes America's most recognized poets as well as those emerging as exciting new artists of contemporary verse. With a provocative foreword by Eleanor Wilner and short biographies of all the poets, this anthology stakes out an authoritative space for poetry written by American women and will help to define new poetic terrain for readers and writers of contemporary verse.
Stunning in its accomplishment and breathtaking in scope, The Extraordinary Tide is an anthology like no other: rather than merely defining some very particular territory, the work of the women writers gathered herein in fact gorgeously illuminates all of contemporary American letters. . . . Utterly necessary reading for all of us, who have learned from the likes of Dickinson and Bishop, whose distinguished company is joined by these diverse and essential writers of our time.