recommendation roundup

October 13, 2021

Here’s a new batch of recently recommended poetry books from a variety of sources:

more poetry books!

May 15, 2021

We wandered far and wide to gather this collection of recommendations. Happy reading!

more poetry books

April 29, 2021

It’s still National Poetry Month and that means more book recommendations.

Maybe you’ll find some inspiration here as you’re finishing up your NaPoWriMo poems.

books, books, books

October 3, 2020

More recommendations for autumn reading:

CBC37 Canadian poetry collections to watch for in fall 2020

EsquireThe Best Books of Fall 2020 For Those Long, Chilly Nights (includes poetry)

Good Housekeeping (yup, really) – 10 of the best poetry books

Independent10 best kids’ poetry books: Anthologies that inspire and educate

The New York TimesNew & Noteworthy Poetry, From the Ancient Greeks to Billy Collins

San Francisco Chronicle3 poetry anthologies deliver the wisdom and beauty we desperately need

Happy reading!

more books

August 23, 2020

Here are a few more recommendations for your burgeoning list:

Want more recommendations? See earlier posts here.

Spring reading

April 14, 2019

Ready to change up the pile on your nightstand? Bustle has a fresh list of 13 New Poetry Collections You Need To Read This Spring.

turning the pages

January 20, 2016

booksWe look back, we look forward, we turn the pages. After perusing various lists of 2015 best-of poetry, you might want to see what Craig Morgan Teicher at NPR is forecasting in the way of important poetry titles due in 2016. Flavorwire offers this list. Graywolf Press has released their poetry list for the year as well.

To stay ahead of the curve, you might consider joining The Rumpus Poetry Book Club. Each month, about a month before the publication date, members receive a new poetry book and can participate in an online discussion with the book club and the author.

As you’re reading your way through 2016, we’d be happy to hear your recommendations for exceptionally fine poetry, recent or otherwise. Leave a comment!
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more best

December 8, 2015

Best-of season continues (see our earlier post) with a variety of recommendations. It’s useful to remember that not all the list makers are starting with the same set of poetry books. But if you don’t know what to read next, any of these lists might help:

Do you have 2015 poetry favorites that were missed by the lists? Leave a comment! Happy reading.
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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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November 25, 2011

a few local booksMaking a list? Checking it twice? Why not support your local author (and bookstore!) by giving books for the holidays this year? The following list includes (mostly) Whatcom County writers, (mostly) poets whose books are currently available or order-able through the links provided. There are also many books and chapbooks available through the poets themselves, or on the shelves of local bookstores but not listed in an online catalog. (Apologies for glaring omissions.) We welcome your suggestions for additions!

A Long-Forgotten Truth by Rachel Ballard
Beasts and Violins by Caleb Barber
Clover, A Literary Rag
Dogs and Other Poems by Paul Piper
Finding Water, Holding Stone by James Bertolino
Follow Me Down by Denise duMaurier
Graffito by John Burgess
In the Company of Crows by Carole MacRury
Listening Against the Stone by Brenda Miller
Lives of the Saints by Suzanne Paola
Money for Sunsets by Elizabeth Colen
Necessity of Flight by Jane Alynn
Neither Rising nor Falling by Jeremy Voigt
No Sweeter Fat and After by Nancy Pagh
POETRY WALK: the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, First Five Years, Anita Boyle and Nancy Canyon, eds.
Red Studio by Mary Cornish
Reimagine: Poems, 1993-2009 by Richard Lee Harris
Requiem for the Orchard by Oliver de la Paz
Rumors of Shore by Paul Fisher
The Art of Departure by Susan J. Erickson
The Corpse Flower: New and Selected Poems by Bruce Beasley
The View from Lummi Island by Luther Allen
What the Alder Told Me by Anita K. Boyle

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