best of 2017, round three

January 8, 2018

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

list season

December 19, 2014


It’s that time of year…making a list, checking it…etc. This is also the time of year for best-of lists and, if you’re putting together your own list of what to read in the coming months, this might be a good place to start. For your convenience, here are links to a number of recent best-of postings that include poetry (there are plenty of additional best-of lists that don’t):

There will no doubt be additional lists published in the coming days. You may also wish to have a look at some of the crowd-sourced poetry faves, on sites such as Entropy or Goodreads. Happy reading…and happy everything else!
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List Season, part 3

December 24, 2013

W. H. Auden - list of reserved books

Here’s the third and final installment in our collection of this season’s poetry book recommendations. This should provide you with an adequate supply to get you through the holidays and into the New Year!

Find JD Scott’s list, 10 of 2013′s Best Books of Poetry, on Flavorwire.

At HTMLGiant, you can see Christopher Higgs’s 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide: Poetry Recommendations.

The Jewish Daily Forward offers a list of Best Jewish Poetry of 2013, including some names you’ll probably recognize.

The Tin House blog expands upon Desiderata: Our Favorite Poetry of 2013.

On her blog, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, poet Susan Rich give us her list of a few poetry books she has enjoyed this year.

Once you’ve caught up with this list, as well as List Season part one and part two, please leave a comment and share the names of poems or books that our recommenders missed!

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!
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image: list of books reserved by W.H. Auden from the Swarthmore Library

List Season, part 2

December 18, 2013

Hemingway list of recommended books

A couple of weeks ago we posted links to some “best-of” lists of poetry books. Naturally, such lists have continued to proliferate, so herewith, more lists of favorite poetry books for your consideration.

The Poetry Foundation offers daily doses of “My Poetry Picks for 2013” by featured bloggers Tyrone Williams, Nick Twemlow, Evie Shockley, K. Silem Mohammad, Bianca Stone, Hannah Gamble, Johannes Göransson, Anthony Madrid and Laura Sims.  The favorites will continue through December, so keep an eye on Harriet.

Writers Digest is also offering a series of “Favorite Poetry Collections” posts, including (to date) our recent guest blogger Kelli Russell Agodon, Jessie Carty, Tom C. Hunley and Hannah Stephenson.

On her own blog, Book of Kells, Kelli Russell Agodon also posted her (admittedly incomplete) list of “Favorite Poetry & Nonfiction Books of 2013.”

The Huffington Post offers Denise Duhamel’s list, “Advanced Women Poets: Books You May Only Be Hearing about Now.”

Finally (for now), Anne Barngrover offers her top five in The Missouri Review.
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Ernest Hemingway’s recommended reading list

List Season

December 2, 2013

Brodsky Poetry ListAlong with short days and newspapers bloated with advertising, this is the season of the Lists. Top-ten and best-of lists have already started to appear, so we thought we’d offer a few to get you started, in case you were curious, or simply uncertain which poetry book to read next.

In addition to selections voiced through the National Book Awards and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, here are a few to view:

If you love best-of lists, you might consider nominating a single book for Joseph Hutchison’s list of “50 Best Poetry Books Since 1950.” See the rules here.

Happy browsing!
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Image: Poetry section of Joseph Brodsky’s Reading List For Having an Intelligent Conversation


November 22, 2011

The New York Times top poetry covers
For your shopping convenience, The New York Times offers a Holiday Gift Guide of 100 Notable Books of 2011, including these five poetry titles:

Space, In Chains by Laura Kasischke (Copper Canyon)
Canti by Giacomo Leopardi (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Taller When Prone: Poems by Les Murray (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith (Graywolf)
Come On All You Ghosts by Matthew Zapruder (Copper Canyon)

Poetry books, with or without a nod from the Times, make superb gifts. Buy one for yourself!