Wes Davis, Editor, An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry (Harvard, 2010)
This massive collection ranges from Padraic Colum, who began writing at the end of the 19th century, to Sinéad Morrissey, who was born in 1972. Every major poet one expects to find is here—Heaney, Mahon, Montague, Boland, Carson, Kavanagh, Kinsella, Longley, Muldoon, McGuckian, Ní Dhomhnaill—and yet the lesser luminaries shine nearly as brightly. For a thousand pages, I was nearly always fully engaged from poem to poem to poem. An astonishing collection.