Book Recommendations

[Best of poetry books read during the calendar year]











Erin Adair-Hodges, Every Form of Ruin, University of Pittsburgh Press (2023)

Kim Addonizio, Tell Me, BOA Editions, Ltd. (2000)

Hala Alyan, Atrium, Three Rooms Press (2012)

Mary Biddinger, Department of Elegy, Black Lawrence Press (2022)

Nicole Callihan, This Strange Garment, Terrapin Books (2023)

Anders Carlson-Wee, Disease of Kings, W. W. Norton & Company (2023)

James Allen Hall, Romantic Comedy, Four Way Books (2023)

Terrance Hayes, So To Speak, Penguin Books (2023)

Erin Hoover, No Spare People, Black Lawrence Press (2023)

Edgar Kunz, Tap Out, Mariner Books (2019)

Gregory Lawless, Dreamburgh, Pennsylvania, Dream Horse Press (2022)

Randall Mann, Deal: New and Selected Poems, Copper Canyon Press (2023)

Jane Miller, Thunderbird, Copper Canyon Press (2013)

Kevin Prufer, The Fears, Copper Canyon Press (2023)

Laura Read, But She is Also Jane, University of Massachusetts Press (2023)

Natasha Sajé, The Future Will Call You Something Else, Tupelo Press (2023)

Chet’la Sebree, Field Study, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux (2021)

Charles Simic, Walking the Black Cat, Ecco (1996)

Tana Jean Welch, In Parachutes Descending, University of Pittsburgh Press (2024)



Kristin Bock, Glass Bikini, Tupelo Press (2021)

Victoria Chang, The Trees Witness Everything, Copper Canyon Press (2022)

Hayan Charara, These Trees, Those Leaves, This Flower, That Fruit, Milkweed Editions (2022)

Kathy Fagan, Bad Hobby, Milkweed Editions (2022)

Landon Godfrey, Inventory of Doubts, Tupelo Press (2021)

Mark Halliday, Selfwolf, The University of Chicago Press (1999)

Bob Hicok, Red Rover Red Rover, Copper Canyon Press (2021)

Cindy King, Zoonotic, Tinderbox Editions (2022)

Rachel Loden, Hotel Imperium, University of Georgia Press (2008)

Cate Marvin, Event Horizon, Copper Canyon Press (2022)

Adrian Matejka, Somebody Else Sold the World, Penguin Books (2021)

Karyna McGlynn, 50 Things Kate Bush Taught Me About the Multiverse, Sarabande Books (2022)

Michael McGriff, Eternal Sentences, The University of Arkansas Press (2021)

Erika Meitner, Useful Junk, BOA Editions, Ltd. (2022)

Alison Powell, Boats in the Attic, Fordham University Press (2022)

Kathleen Rooney, Where are the Snows?, The University Press of SHSU (2022)

Mary Ruefle, Indeed I Was Pleased with the World, Carnegie Mellon University Press (2007)

Lauren Shapiro, Arena, Cleveland State University Poetry Center (2020)

Sean Singer, Today in the Taxi, Tupelo Press (2022)

Bianca Stone, What is Otherwise Infinite, Tin House Books (2022)

Caki Wilkinson, The Survival Expo, Persea Books (2021)



Aria Aber, Hard Damage, University of Nebraska Press (2019)

Kim Addonizio, Now We’re Getting Somewhere, W. W. Norton & Company (2021)

Ai, Dread, W. W. Norton & Company (2003)

Sandra Beasley, Made to Explode, W. W. Norton & Company (2021)

Erin Belieu, Come Hither Honeycomb, Copper Canyon Press (2021)

Katie Condon, Praying Naked, Ohio State University Press (2020)

Joanna Penn Cooper, Wild Apples, Ethel (2021)

Kendra DeColo, I am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World, BOA Editions, Ltd. (2021)

Sean Thomas Dougherty, Not All Saints, Bitter Oleander Press (2020)

Victoria C. Flanagan, Glossary of Unsaid Terms, Beloit Poetry Journal (2020)

Carrie Fountain, The Life, Penguin Books (2021)

Camille Guthrie, Diamonds, BOA Editions, Ltd. (2021)

Kimiko Hahn, Mosquito and Ant, W. W. Norton & Company (1999)

Amorak Huey, Boom Box, Sundress Publications (2019)

Amorak Huey, Dad Jokes from the Late Patriarchy, Sundress Publications (2021)

Didi Jackson, Moon Jar, Red Hen Press (2020)

Cindy King, Easy Street, Dancing Girl Press (2020)

David Kirby, Help Me, Information, Louisiana State University (2021)

Ron Koertge, Vampire Planet, Red Hen Press (2016)

Danusha Laméris, Bonfire Opera, University of Pittsburgh Press (2020)

Randall Mann, A Better Life, Persea Books (2021)

Michael McGriff, Dismantling the Hills, University of Pittsburgh Press (2008)

Rachel Mennies, The Naomi Letters, BOA Editions, Ltd. (2021)

Emilia Phillips, Embouchure, The University of Akron Press (2021)

Kevin Prufer, The Art of Fiction, Four Way Books (2021)

Katie Schmid, Nowhere, University of New Mexico Press (2021)

Diane Seuss, Frank, Graywolf Press (2021)

Natalie Shapero, Popular Longing, Copper Canyon Press (2021)

Sean Shearer, Red Lemons, University of Akron Press (2021)

Leigh Stein, What to Miss When, Soft Skull Press (2021)



Cassandra de Alba, Ugly/Sad, Glass Poetry Press (2020)

Mark Bibbins, 13th Balloon, Copper Canyon Press (2020)

Eleanor Boudreau, Earnest, Earnest?, University of Pittsburgh Press (2020)

Traci Brimhall, Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod, Copper Canyon Press (2020)

Victoria Chang, Obit, Copper Canyon Press (2020)

Andrea Cohen, Nightshade, Four Way Books (2019)

Eduardo C. Corral, Guillotine, Graywolf Press (2020)

Marisa Crawford, Reversible, Switchback Books (2017)

P. Scott Cunningham, Ya Te Veo, The University of Arkansas Press (2018)

Natalie Diaz, Postcolonial Love Poem, Graywolf Press (2020)

Jill Alexander Essbaum, Would-Land, Cooper Dillon Books (2020)

Carolyn Forché, In the Lateness of the World, Penguin Books (2020)

John Gallaher, Brand New Spacesuit, BOA Editions, Ltd. (2020)

Terrance Hayes, Hip Logic, Penguin Books (2002)

David Kirby, More Than This, Louisiana State University Press (2019)

Ron Koertge, Fever, Red Hen Press (2006)

Virginia Konchan, Any God Will Do, Carnegie Mellon University Press (2020)

Keith Kopka, Count Four, University of Tampa Press (2020)

Michael McGriff, Home Burial, Copper Canyon Press (2012)

Philip Metres, Shrapnel Maps, Copper Canyon Press (2020)

Kathryn Nuernberger, Rue, BOA Editions, Ltd. (2020)

Kiki Petrosino, White Blood, Sarabande Books (2020)

Tommy Pico, Feed, Tin House Books (2019)

Carmen Gimenez Smith, Goodbye, Flicker, University of Massachusetts Press (2012)

Julia Story, Spinster for Hire, The Word Works (2020)

Bradley Trumpfheller, Reconstructions, Sibling Rivalry Press (2020)

Sara Wainscott, Insecurity System, Persea Books (2020)



Paige Ackerson-Kiely, Dolefully, a Rampart Stands, Penguin Books (2019)

Hala Alyan, The Twenty-Ninth Year, Mariner Books (2019)

Taneum Bambrick, Vantage, The American Poetry Review (2019)

Oliver Bendorf, The Spectral Wilderness, The Kent State University Press (2014)

Mary Biddinger, Partial Genius, Black Lawrence Press (2019)

Jaswinder Bolina, Phantom Camera, New Issues Press (2013)

Fleda Brown, No Need of Sympathy, BOA Editions, Ltd. (2013)

Kristen Case, Principles of Economics, Switchback Books (2019)

Lauren Clark, Music for a Wedding, University of Pittsburgh Press (2017)

Kendra DeColo, My Dinner with Ron Jeremy, Third Man Books (2016)

Patrick Donnelly, Little-Known Operas, Four Way Books (2019)

Sean Thomas Dougherty, Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line, BOA Editions, Ltd. (2010) 

Shira Erlichman, Odes to Lithium, Alice James Books (2019)

Angie Estes, Tryst, Oberlin College Press (2009)

Carrie Fountain, Burn Lake, Penguin Books (2010)

Sarah Galvin, The Three Einsteins, Poor Claudia (2014)

Joey Gould, The Acute Avian Heart, Lily Poetry Review (2019)

Paul Guest, Because Everything is Terrible, Diode Editions (2018)

Barbara Hamby, Bird Odyssey, University of Pittsburgh Press (2018)

Rebecca Hazelton, Gloss, University of Wisconsin Press (2019)

Jennifer Michael Hecht, Who Said, Copper Canyon Press (2013)

Marwa Hela, Invasive Species, Nightboat Books (2019)

David Kirby, The House on Boulevard Street, Louisiana State University Press (2007)

Ron Koertge, The Ogre’s Wife, Red Hen Press (2013) 

Kateri Lanthier, Siren, Véhicule Press (2017)

Randall Mann, Breakfast with Thom Gunn, The University of Chicago Press (2009)

Marc McKee, Meta Meta Make-Belief, Black Lawrence Press (2019)

Jennifer Militello, Body Thesaurus, Tupelo Press (2013)

Morgan Parker, Magical Negro, Tin House Books (2019)

Emilia Phillips, Hemlock, Diode Editions (2019)

Laura Read, Dresses from the Old Country, BOA Editions, Ltd. (2018)

Matthew Rohrer, A Hummock in the Malookas, W. W. Norton & Company (1995)

Kathleen Rooney, Oneiromance, Switchback Books (2008)

Mary Ruefle, Dunce, Wave Books (2019)

Lauren Shapiro, Easy Math, Sarabande Books (2013)

Julia Story, Julie the Astonishing, Sixth Finch (2019)

Brian Teare, Doomstead Days, Nightboat Books (2019)



Erin Adair-Hodges, Let’s All Die Happy, University of Pittsburgh Press (2017)

Catherine Barnett, Human Hours, Graywolf Press (2018)

Quan Barry, Loose Strife, University of Pittsburgh Press (2015)

Erin Belieu, Black Box, Copper Canyon Press (2006)

Mary Biddinger, Saint Monica, Black Lawrence Press (2011)

Justin Bigos, Mad River, Gold Wake Press (2017)

Kai Carlson-Wee, Rail, BOA Editions, Ltd. (2018)

Victoria Chang, Salvinia Molesta, University of Georgia Press (2008)

Chen Chen, When I Grow Up I Want to be a List of Further Possibilities, BOA Editions, Ltd. (2017)

Lisa Coffman, Likely, The Kent State University Press (1997)

Kendra DeColo, Thieves in the Afterlife, Saturnalia Books (2014)

B.K. Fischer, Radioapocrypha, Ohio State University Press (2018)

Barbara Hamby, All-Night Lingo Tango, University of Pittsburgh Press (2009)

Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, Penguin Books (2018)

Bob Hicok, Hold, Copper Canyon Press (2018)

Erin Hoover, Barnburner, Elixir Press (2018)

Laura Kasischke, Dance and Disappear, University of Massachusetts Press (2002)

Laura Kasischke, Lilies Without, Ausable Press (2007)

David Kirby, Talking about Movies with Jesus, Louisiana State University Press (2011)

Katherine Larson, Radial Symmetry, Yale University Press (2011)

Rachel Loden, The Last Campaign, Slapering Hol Press (1998)

Erika Meitner, Holy Moly Carry Me, BOA Editions, Ltd. (2018)

GennaRose Nethercott, The Lumberjack’s Dove, HarperCollins (2018)

Sarah Perrier, Just One of Those Things, The Kent State University Press (2002)

Kiki Petrosino, Witch Wife, Sarabande Books (2017)

Emilia Phillips, Empty Clip, University of Akron Press (2018)

Tommy Pico, Junk, Tin House Books (2018)

Catherine Pierce, Famous Last Words, Saturnalia Books (2008)

Catherine Pierce, The Tornado is the World, Saturnalia Books (2016)

Kevin Prufer, How He Loved Them, Four Way Books (2018)

Victoria Redel, Already the World, Kent State University Press (1995)

Diane Seuss, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, Graywolf Press (2018)

Natalie Shapero, No Object, Saturnalia Books (2013)

Bianca Stone, The Möbius Strip Club of Grief, Tin House Books (2018)

Connie Voisine, Rare High Meadow of Which I Might Dream, The University of Chicago Press (2008)

Connie Voisine, And God Created Women, Bull City Press (2018)

Erica Wright, All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned, Black Lawrence Press (2017)



Kim Addonizio, Mortal Trash, W. W. Norton & Company (2016)

Alice Anderson, The Watermark, Eyewear Publishing (2016)

Nin Andrews, Our Lady of the Orgasm, Madhat Press (2016)

Joshua Bennett, The Sobbing School, Penguin Books (2016)

Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Rocket Fantastic, Persea Books (2017)

Victoria Chang, Barbie Chang, Copper Canyon Press (2017)

Lisa Ciccarello and Emma Tritart, Every day I learn how to survive the day & then the day is over, Poor Claudia (2015)

Jim Daniels, Apology to the Moon, Bat Cat Press (2015)

Beth Ann Fennelly, Open House, W. W. Norton & Company (2002)

Rebecca Hazelton, Fair Copy, Ohio State University Press (2012)

Sophie Klahr, Meet Me Here At Dawn, YesYes Books (2016)

David Kirby, Get Up, Please, Louisiana State University Press (2016)

Marni Ludwig, Pinwheel, New Issues Press (2013)

Randall Mann, Proprietary, Persea Books (2017)

Adrian Matejka, Map to the Stars, Penguin Books (2017)

Karyna McGlynn, Hothouse, Sarabande Books (2017)

Kathryn Nuernberger, The End of Pink, BOA Editions, Ltd. (2016)

Danielle Pafunda, The Dead Girls Speak in Unison, Bloof Books (2014)

Tommy Pico, IRL, Birds, LLC (2016)

Natalie Shapero, Hard Child, Copper Canyon Press (2017)

Fritz Ward, Tsunami Diorama, The Word Works (2017)

Allison Benis White, Please Bury Me in This, Four Way Books (2017)

Marcus Wicker, Silencer, Mariner Books (2017)



Alice Anderson, Human Nature, New York University Press (1994)

Jay Besemer, Chelate, Brooklyn Arts Press (2016)

Anne Boyer, Garments Against Women, Ahsahta Press (2015)

Adriana Cloud, Instructions for Building a Wind Chime, Poetry Society of America (2016)

Cynthia Cruz, The Glimmering Room, Four Way Books (2012)

Rebecca Hazelton, Vow, Cleveland State University Poetry Center (2013)

Matthew Henriksen, The Absence of Knowing, Black Ocean (2016)

Anne Cecelia Holmes, Dead Year, Sixth Finch (2016)

Cecily Iddings, IS TO : AS : IS TO, Spooky Girlfriend Press (2015)

Deborah Landau, The Uses of the Body, Copper Canyon Press (2015)

Gregory Lawless, I Thought I Was New Here, BlazeVOX Books (2009)

Marni Ludwig, Little Box of Cotton & Lightning, Poetry Society of America (2011)

Philip Metres, Pictures at an Exhibition, University of Akron Press (2016)

Lucia Perillo, Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones, Copper Canyon Press (2016)

Emilia Phillips, Groundspeed, University of Akron Press (2016)

Paisley Rekdal, Imaginary Vessels, Copper Canyon Press (2016)

Natasha Sajé, Vivarium, Tupelo Press (2014)

Katie Schmid, Forget Me Hit Me Let Me Drink Great Quantities of Clear, Evil Liquor, Split Lip Press (2015)

Danniel Schoonebeek, Trébuchet, University of Georgia Press (2016)

Brenda Shaughnessy, So Much Synth, Copper Canyon Press (2016)

Sean Singer, Honey & Smoke, Eyewear Publishing (2015)

Susan Harper Slaviero, Cyborgia, Mayapple Press (2010)

Brian Teare, Sore :: Eros, Floating Wolf Quarterly (2013)

Tana Jean Welch, Latest Volcano, Marsh Hawk Press (2016)

Kevin Young, Blue Laws, Alfred A. Knopf (2016)



Mark Bibbins, They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full, Copper Canyon Press (2014)

Joanna Penn Cooper, The Itinerant Girl’s Guide to Self-Hypnosis, Brooklyn Arts Press (2014)

John Gallaher, In a Landscape, BOA Editions, Ltd. (2014)

Ross Gay, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, University of Pittsburgh Press (2015)

Monica Hand, me and Nina, Alice James Books (2012)

Edward Hirsch, Gabriel, Penguin Books (2014)

Laura Kasischke, Housekeeping in a Dream, Carnegie Mellon University Press (1995)

Cate Marvin, Oracle, W. W. Norton & Company (2015)

William Matthews, Time & Money, Mariner Books (1996)

Jay Nebel, Neighbors, Saturnalia Books (2015)

Ed Pavlić, Winners Have Yet to Be Announced: A Song for Donny Hathaway, University of Georgia Press (2008)

Matthew Rohrer, Surrounded by Friends, Wave Books (2015)

Diane Seuss, Four-Legged Girl, Graywolf Press (2015)

Richard Siken, War of the Foxes, Copper Canyon Press (2015)

Brian Teare, The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven, Ahsahta (2015)