round two

December 8, 2018

Okay, here’s the next set of bests:


Let it begin!

December 1, 2018

One of our favorite signs of the year-end holidays is the pile-up of “year’s best poetry” lists. It’s always interesting to see which books make the lists, and which ones appear on multiple lists. The listing has begun, so let’s get started:

three percent

November 24, 2018

The New York Times has released its list of 100 Notable Books of 2018. Three volumes of poetry are included:

  • Brown: Poems by Kevin Young
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith

Catch up with the complete list here.

one more!

January 21, 2018

We thought it was over, but happened across one more best-of list: “Best” U.S. Poetry Books, 2000 – 2020 (a list in progress) by Bill Mohr.

best of 2017, round three

January 8, 2018

Here’s one more collection of best-of lists for 2017 poetry books:

Best-of, round two

December 28, 2017

and so it begins…

December 13, 2017

As you may recall from years past, we’re particularly fond of year-end best-of lists. Although it’s not easy to find out how many poetry books are published each year (one source says 10,038 books of poetry or drama were published in the United States in 2012), it’s certainly a lot, and recommendations — from friends, reviewers, instructors, etc. — can help narrow the field a bit. Here’s the first of this year’s best-of poetry:

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