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2004 in poetry

This is part of the List of years in poetryYears in poetry: 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007Years in literature: 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007Decades in poetry: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s 2030s Centuries in poetry: 20th century 21st century 22nd century Centuries: 20th century · 21st century · 22nd centuryDecades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s 2030sYears: 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007



Robert Bly photographed in June of this year
  • April Web site is launched for the announced purpose of "Exposing fraudulent contests. Tracking the sycophants. Naming names." Members and visitors contribute information which links judges and prize winners in various poetry contests in attempts to document whether some contests have been rigged.
  • Samizdat poetry magazine, founded in 1998, ceases publication.

Works published


Anthologies in Australia

  • Anthony Lawrence, editor, The Best Australian Poetry 2004, Publisher: UQP
  • Les Murray, editor, The Best Australian Poems 2004, Publisher: Black Inc.


New Zealand

  • Mark Pirie, Ron Riddell and Saray Torres, editors, The 2nd Wellington International Poetry Festival Anthology, Wellington: HeadworX[2]
  • Kendrick Smithyman, Campana to Montale, Writers Group

Poets in Best New Zealand Poems

Poems from these 25 poets were selected by Robin Dudding for Best New Zealand Poems 2003, published online this year:

  • Geoff Cochrane
  • Fiona Farrell
  • Cliff Fell
  • Sia Figiel
  • Rhian Gallagher
  • Robin Hyde
  • Kevin Ireland
  • Anna Jackson
  • Anne Kennedy
  • Graham Lindsay
  • Anna Livesey
  • Karlo Mila
  • James Norcliffe
  • Gregory O'Brien
  • Bob Orr
  • Chris Price
  • Sarah Quigley
  • Elizabeth Smither
  • Brian Turner
  • Richard von Sturmer

United Kingdom

Anthologies in the United Kingdom

United States

Criticism, scholarship and biography in the United States

  • Anne Waldman and Lisa Birman, editors, Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action, essays (Coffee House Press)

Anthologies in the United States

  • Mary Ann Caws, editor, Yale Anthology of Twentieth-Century French Poetry, (Yale University Press), Apollinaire and more than 100 other poets, bi-lingual

The 75 poets included in The Best American Poetry 2004, edited by David Lehman, co-edited this year by Lyn Hejinian:


  • Stratis Haviaras translator into English from the original Modern Greek, C.P. Cavafy, The Canon, (Athens: Hermes Publishing; reprinted by [[Harvard University Press in 2007), published in Greece

Awards and honors



New Zealand

  • Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement:
  • Montana New Zealand Book Awards First-book award for poetry: Cliff Fell, The Adulterer's Bible, Victoria University Press

United Kingdom

United States



See also

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