This is a list of ten, unranked, just goodoldalphabetical. It reflects a book or
two I came across in reading for a contest, a few books sent to me,
a couple of poets I resolutely read. There are so many good books published
in a year; so many I can’t abide, sometimes on principle, sometimes
on very personalized aesthetic grounds. I can only say, I’m glad this
one did not slip past me, because ohmygod the cracks are huge,
jagged, arbitrary, and easily got around by moving in the sameoldsameold direction.
—C. D. Wright
Brenda Hillman. Seasonal Works With Words on Fire. Wesleyan University Press.
Wong May. Picasso’s Tears: Poems 1978–2013. Octopus Books.
Fred Moten. The Feel Trio. Letter Machine Editions.
Alice Oswald. Memorial: a Version of Homer’s Iliad. Faber & Faber.
(a couple years older but recent read)
Beowulf: A new translation by Meghan Purvis. Penned in the Margins.
Danniel Schoonebeek. American Barricade. YesYes Books.
Laura Sims. My God Is This A Man My God Is This A Man My God Is This A Man. Fence Books.
Arthur Sze. Compass Rose. Copper Canyon Press.
Alexander Vvedensky. An Invitation for Me to Think. Eugene Ostashevsky and Matvei Yanklelevich, trans. NYRB.
Lynn Xu. Debts and Lessons. Omnidawn.