The Best Poetry Books of – Chicago Review of BooksIn celebration of National Poetry Day, the annual mass celebration of poetry and all things poetical, we've put together our pick of the best new poetry collections of Available in Paperback and as an Ebook. Denise Riley A deeply moving document of grieving and loss by one of our finest writers, Say Something Back allows readers to see why Denise Riley is held in such high regard by her fellow poets. Available in Paperback and as an ebook. Ian Duhig A brilliant and eclectic collection.
Kate Kellaway’s best poetry books of 2016
If anything can save the world from Donald Trump, it might be poetry. Not because he will ever read it or comprehend a word if he tried , but because of its power to provoke, ignite, and unify the rest of us. Nonetheless, here are our 12 favorite poetry books of the year, including 4 Chicago-area poets and 11 independent presses. Williams Alice James Books, January. Phillip B.
His poems are by turns graceful and wonderstruck. His lines are both long and short, his pose narrative and lyric, his diction formal and insouciant. From the outside, Vuong has fashioned a poetry of inclusion. This is in keeping with the broader Orwellian inversions and distracting gimcracks of the late capitalist police state he describes, where we sext and Skype and surf the experiences of others far away as authorities instruct us when to laugh and when to applaud. The dystopia here results from the very juxtaposition that is the hope of those migrants dying of thirst in the desert: a world of lack versus a world of absurdly overflowing plenty; a world numb-drunk on accumulated resources versus a world heightened in awareness by its own starvation.
Our contributors on which books made their personal “best lists” this year.
Here are the poetry collections that we absolutely loved in Ranked in no particular order. Vuong writes with lyrical elegance and almost brutal intimacy about identity, Otherness, history, war, family, grief, sex, violence — this is a truly haunting collection that illuminates with impressive emotional depth all the love and loss that tinges human life. Read a poem by Ocean Vuong here. A finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, Solmaz Sharif's brilliant debut poetry collection, Look , is a lamentation for the suffering and horrific loss of human life in war that exposes the steep toll of violence and its aftermath.