2004 in poetry


  • 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

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:

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

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


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