plenty to read

January 31, 2023

Further recommendations for your overburdened bookshelf:

If you’ve been moved by a book of poetry, recent or otherwise, leave a comment with the author and title!

Congratulations to the five Oregon Book Awards poetry finalists:

  • Matthew Dickman of Portland, Husbandry (W. W. Norton & Co.)
  • Michele Glazer of Portland, fretwork (University of Iowa Press)
  • Janice Lee of Portland, Separation Anxiety (CLASH Books)
  • Amy Miller of Ashland, Astronauts (Beloit Poetry Journal)
  • Eric Tran of Portland, Mouth, Sugar, and Smoke (Diode Editions)

The winner will be announced live at the 2023 Oregon Book Awards Ceremony, hosted by Luke Burbank, at Portland Center Stage at The Armory on Monday, April 3, 2023. See the complete list of finalists in all categories.

your 2023 bookshelf

January 20, 2023

The poetry publishers are setting a brisk pace for 2023 and the reviews and recommendations are rolling in. Here’s the first round for 2023:

the last of the best

December 31, 2022

Here is the last of the 2022 best-of posts, and the last post of 2022.

Thank you for visiting The Poetry Department, for leaving your comments, and for adding your poetry to the riches of life here in Cascadia, here on Earth. More poetry in 2023!


December 28, 2022

We will probably have one more “best-of” list before the end of the year, but meanwhile, the pundits continue to suggest worthwhile titles for your overburdened shelf. Here are a few more:

‘Tis the season. Cozy up with a book.

Best-of season No. 3

December 22, 2022

Here’s the third round of recommendations for the best poetry books of 2022:

Your recommendations and comments are always welcome!

best-of season

December 16, 2022

It’s always fascinating to see which titles show up once and which ones land on list after list. Here is our second post of 2022 poetry book best-of lists:

See the first list here.

more books

December 13, 2022

We may be well into best-of season, but the general recommendations keep on coming. Here are a few more recent titles for your list:

go to Portland!

December 6, 2022

Portland, Oregon, is celebrating independent presses at the Portland Indie Book Fair on Saturday, December 10, 2022, Noon – 5pm. Meet authors, see publishers, browse (buy!) books. It’s free!

While you’re in Portland, enjoy the Christmas Ship Parade.

and so it begins…

December 5, 2022

It’s that time again: BEST-OF season. The pundits are weighing in on their favorite poetry books of the year. Here’s the first batch:

What was your favorite poetry book of 2022?

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