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The Find

‘The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry’ edited by Rita Dove

Sam Falk/The New York Times

Any book with as big a mission as “The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry’’ is bound to attract complaints. Why no “Howl’’ by Allen Ginsberg but four poems by editor Rita Dove among the 391 she selected? As Dove explains in her introduction, she dared not blow the budget for permissions on “unaffordable fees.’’ Quibbles aside, these satiny pages hold bushels of treats to savor. There are the poets, like Robert Frost (below) and Langston Hughes, whose names everyone knows. And there are those less well known with whom we might fall in love, like B.H. Fairchild, who wrote “The Machinist, Teaching His Daughter to Play the Piano.’’