Poetry Profiled 2013
PW talks to four poets with exciting new books in 2013: Tess Taylor, Shane McCrea, Nick Twemlow and Jillian Weise.
PW Poetry Reviews: April 2013
Happy National Poetry Month. Here are this month’s PW Poetry Reviews! The Best of the Best American Poetry edited by David Lehman and Robert Pinsky (Scribner) Partially Kept by Martha Ronk (Nightboat) Silverchest by Carl Philips (FSG) The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed By A Fish by Joshua Weiner (Chicago) Duppey Conquerer: New and Selected Poems by Kwame Dawes (Copper Canyon) The...
Charles Simic Profiled
PW begins its National Poetry Month celebrations with a profile of the esteemed Charles Simic.
PW Poetry Reviews: March 2013
This month’s reviews! Red Doc> by Anne Carson (Knopf) The Rose of January by Geoffrey Nutter (Wave) The Late Parade by Adam Fitzgerald (Liveright) Light and Heavy Things by Zeeshan Sahil (BOA) The Exchange by Sophie Cabot Black (Graywolf) Refuge by Adrie Kusserow (BOA) Companion Grasses by Brian Teare (Omnidawn) A Glossary of Chickens by Gary J. Whitehead (Princeton) Elegy Owed...
February 2013 PW Poetry Reviews
Flemish by Carolyn Knox (Wave) Westerly by Will Schutt (Yale) Obscenely Yours by Angelo Nikolopoulos (Alice James) The Cineaste by A. Van Jordan Begging For It by Alex Dimitrov (Four Way) New and Selected Poems: 1962-2012 by Charles Simic (HMH) Senegal Taxi by Juan Felipe Hererra (Arizona) Trace by Eric Pankey (Milkweed) Flood Bloom by Caroline Cabrera (H_ngm_an)
January 2013 PW Poetry Reviews
I’m late in posting these. Just eight last month. The usual twelve coming this month. Metaphysical Dog by Frank Bidart (FSG) The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral edited by Joshua Corey and G.C. Waldrep (Ahsahta) Incarnadine by Mary Szybist (Graywolf) Young Tambling by Kate Greenstreet (Ahsahta) Collected Poems by Joseph Ceravolo (Wesleyan) \blak\ \al-fe bet\ by...
PW Poetry Reviews: December 2012
Just a few reviews this month…happy holidays! Quick Question by John Ashbery (Ecco) The Virtues of Poetry: Essays by James Longenbach (Graywolf) Song & Error by Averill Curdy (FSG) Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, Second Edition edited by Paul Hoover (Norton) Just Saying by Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan) Birds of the Air by David Yezzi (Carnegie-Mellon) Angles of Ascent:...
PW Poetry Reviews: November 2012
Lit from Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books ed. by Anne Marie Macari and Carey Salerno (Alice James Books) The Collected Early Poems and Plays by Robert Duncan, ed. by Peter Quartermain (California) Collected Poems of Ai by Ai (Norton) It Becomes You by Dobby Gibson (Graywolf) Book of Dog by Cleopatra Mathis (Sarabande) The Oracle of Hollywood Boulevard by Dana Goodyear...
PW's Best Poetry Books of 2012
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PW Poetry Reviews: October 2012
New books by Paul Muldoon, Oni Buchanan, Rachel Hadas and others! The Word on the Street by Paul Muldoon (FSG) Stele by Cole Swensen (Post-Apollo) Passwords Primevil: 20 American Poets in Their Own Words by Anthony Leuzzi (BOA) Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva trans. by Ilya Kaminsky and Jean Valentine (Alice James) Must a Violence by Oni Buchanan (Iowa) The Open Door: 100 Poems,...
PW Poetry Reviews: September 2012
It’s a big season for big books from big poets, so here’s a roundup of collecteds, plus a bunch of new volumes reviewed: COLLECTED COLLECTEDS Poems 1962-2012 by Louise Gluck (Ecco/ FSG) Later Poems: Selected and New 1971-2012 by Adrienne Rich (Norton) The Poems of Octavio Paz edited and trans. by Eliot Weinberger (New Directions) AND SOME GREAT NEW REGULAR-SIZE BOOKS: Wolf and...
Mark Doty on editing the Best American Poetry →
PW Poetry Reviews: August 2012
Meme by Susan Wheeler (Iowa) Theophobia by Bruce Beasley (BOA) The Fact of the Matter by Sally Keith (Milkweed) Thunderbird by Dorothea Lasky (Wave) The Multiple by Calvin Bedient (Omnidawn) Counterpart by Elizabeth Robinson (Ahsahta) Close By by Gigi Marks (Silverfish Review Press) Whirlwind by Sharon Dolan (Pitt) Thrall by Natash Trethewey (HMH) Win These Posters and Other Unrelated...
PW Poetry Reviews: July 2012
Beat the heat by staying inside and reading poetry… This month’s reviews: The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 by Lucille Clifton edited by Kevin Young and Michael S. Glaser (BOA) Selected Translations by W.S. Merwin (Copper Canyon) In Beauty Bright by Gerald Stern (Norton) The Best American Poetry 2012 edited by Mark Doty (Scribner) Tantivy by Donald Revell (Alice...
PW Poetry Reviews: May and June 2012
Got a bit behind, so here are two months worth of PW poetry reviews for your parusal: An Individual History by Michael Collier (Norton) My Poets by Maureen N. McLane (FSG) To Keep Love Blurry by Craig Morgan Teicher (BOA) pH Neutral History by Lidija Dimkovska (Copper Canyon) Dante’s Inferno translated by Mary Jo Bang (Graywolf) Further Adventures in Monochrome by John Yau (Copper...
PW Poetry Reviews: April 2012
HappyNational Poetry Month! Here’s what we got: Having Been An Accomplice by Laura Cronk (Persea) Desolation: Souvenir by Paul Hoover (Omnidawn) The Hartford Book by Samuel Amadon (Cleveland) The Complete Poems of Philip Larkin edited by Archie Burnett (FSG) Aerial by Bin Ramke (Omnidawn) Western Practice by Stephen Motika (Alice James) Bright Brave Phenomena by Amanda Nadelberg...
A Tribute to Adrienne Rich by her editor Jill... →
PW Poetry Reviews: March 2012
It’s our annual poetry issue, with a feature on poetry and e-books, a ‘Why I Write’ essay by Maureen N. McLane, profiles of four poets and 13 reviews! Fitting Poetry to the screen: How Copper Canyon Press is working to solve poetry’s e-book problems. Poetry Profiled 2012: Mini-profiles of Amanda Nadelberg, Eduardo C. Corral, Rowan Ricardo Phillips and Rebecca Lindenberg. ...
PW Poetry Reviews: February 2012
This month, twelve new reviews and a Q&A. We’re warming up toward April, so the books are flooding in. The Ground by Rowan Ricardo Phillips (FSG) Engine Empire by Cathy Park Hong (Norton) Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background by Wayne Koestenbaum (Turtle Point) Snowflake/ Different Days by Eileen Myles (Wave) June Fourth Elegies by Liu Xiaobo, trans. from the Chinese by Jeffrey Yang...
PW Spring 2012 Poetry Announcements
It’s announcements time at PW, meaning we’ve got listings of and essays about the books to watch out for this spring. Click here for the poetry listings (subscriber only for 3 weeks, then free for all).
PW Poetry Reviews: January 2012
We ring in the new year with 12 new reviews of 2012 books to look out for, including titles by Hayden Carruth, Eric Baus, Ragan Good and Montale, among others. Last Poems by Hayden Carruth (Copper Canyon) Death of a Ventriloquist by Gibson Fay-LeBlanc (Univ. of North Texas) Harm by Hillary Gravendyk (Omnidawn) Our Lady of the Ruins by Traci Brimhall (Norton) Home Burial by Michael McGriff...
PW Poetry Reviews: December 2011
Again, I’m a little late in posting these, but here they are. One Sleeps the Other Doesn’t by Jacqueline Waters (Ugly Duckling) Slot by Jill Magi (Ugly Duckling) White Papers by Martha Collins (Pitt) Fast Animal by Tim Seibles (Estruscan) The Eternal Ones of the Dream: Selected Poems 1990–2010 by James Tate (Ecco) The Book of A Thousand Eyes by Lyn Hijinian (Omnidawn)
PW Poetry Reviews: November 2011
I’m a little late posting these, but here they are: reviews of upcoming books by D.A. Powell, Tomas Transtromer, Brian Henry, Albert Goldbarth and others. Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys by D.A. Powell (Graywolf) The Deleted World by Tomas Transtromer, trans. by Robin Robertson (FSG) Nitro Nights by W.S. Di Piero (Copper Canyon) Exhibit of Forking Paths by James Grinwis (Coffee...
PW's Best Poetry Books of 2011
Check out our top 5 poetry books of 2011 and our fancy Best Books Web app.
PW Poetry Reviews: October 2011
12 new reviews this month, including books by Nathaniel Mackey, Tina Chang, Aracelis Girmay and more. Nod House by Nathaniel Mackey (New Directions) Lines of Inquiry by H.L. Hix (Estruscan) The Blue Tower by Tomaz Salamun (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Kingdom Animalia by Aracelis Girmay (BOA) Of Gods & Strangers by Tina Chang (Four Way) Bad Daughter by Sarah Gorham (Four Way) Gospel Night...
PW Poetry Reviews: September 2011
Lots of good books for the fall, plus a Q&A with Rita Dove. Happy reading… Shaking Up the Canon: PW Talks with Rita Dove about her new anthology: The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry edited by Rita Dove (Penguin) plus more reviews of: Jam Tree Gully by John Kinsella (Norton) Black Blossoms by Rigoberto Gonzalez (Four Way) Found Poems by Ben Porter (Nightboat) ...
PW Poetry Reviews: August 2011
Lucky 13 reviews this month, including new books by Meghan O’Rourke, Peter Gizzi and Henri Cole, plus the 2011 Best American Poetry and more. Micrograms by Jorge Carera Andrade, trans. by Alejandro de Acosta and Joshua Beckman (Wave) Once by Meghan O’Rourke (Norton) The City, Our City by Wayne Miller (Milkweed) Counter-Amores by Jennifer Clarvoe (Univ. of Chicago) Touch by Henri...
PW Poetry Reviews: July 2011
Twelve new reviews this month, including new books by Cyrus Console, Jeffrey Yang, Juliana Spahr and Marvin Bell. Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems by Tess Gallagher (Graywolf) Clavics by Geoffrey Hill (Enitharmon) Imaginary Logic by Rodney Jones (HMH) The Odicy by Cyrus Console (Omnidawn) Vanishing-Line by Jeffrey Yang (Graywolf) Notes from Irrelevance by Anselm Berrigan (Wave) One...
PW Poetry Reviews: June 2011
This month, we’ve got reviews of new and upcoming books by Devin Johnston, Anne Waldman, Tim Dlugos, Deborah Landau and others! Happy summer reading. Traveler by Devin Johnston (FSG) The Back Chamber by Donald Hall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) The Wrecking Light by Robin Robertson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) A Fast Life: The Collected Poems by Tim Dlugos, edited by David Trinidad...
An excellent take on the excellent Charles... →
PW Poetry Reviews: May 2011
This months batch includes new books by Michael Palmer, Forrest Gander, David Meltzer and two different Matthews. Come Thief by Jane Hirschfield (Knopf) Universal Beach by Vivek Narayanan (ingirumimusnocteetconsumimurigni) Negro League Baseball by Harmony Holiday (Fence) When I Was A Poet by David Meltzer (City Lights) Thread by Michael Palmer (New Directions) Applies to Oranges by Maureen...
PW Poetry Reviews: April 2011
For National Poetry Month we’ve got the usual 12 reviews plus 7 more online only: The Cold War by Kathleen Ossip (Sarabande) Army Cats by Tom Sleigh (Graywolf) The Source by Noah Eli Gordon (Futurepoem) At Lake Scugog by Troy Jollimore (Princeton) Culture of One by Alice Notley (Penguin) Fall Higher by Dean Young (Copper Canyon) Lie Down Too by Leslie Lewis (Alice James) Absence Is...
John Gallaher and G.C. Waldrep blog for NPM on...
The authors of Your Father on the Train of Ghosts blog for PWxyz about collaborative writing.
The PW Poetry Issue 2011
We’ve got three poetry features this year: 1) A long story on poetry e-books 2) A profile of three poets and one poet-critic: T.K. Smith, Srikadth Reddy, Bruce Smith and David Orr 3) A “Why I Write” essay by Kathleen Ossip.
PW Poetry Reviews: March 2011
The biggest PW Poetry drop ever: 16 reviews! Life on Mars by T.K. Smith (Graywolf) Devotions by Bruce Smith (Univ. of Chicago) The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry edited by Ilan Stavans (FSG) Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud, trans. from the French by John Ashbery (Norton) In A Beautiful Country by Kevin Prufer (Four Way) The Bigger World by Noelle Kocot (Wave) The Chameleon...
PW Poetry Reviews: February 2011
April is almost upon us. Oh dear. The C[r]oolest Month. Ennui Prophet by Christopher Kennedy (BOA, June) Heart First Into the Forest by Stacy Gnall (Alice James, May) Your Father on the Train of Ghosts by G.C. Waldrep and John Gallaher (BOA, May) Selected Poems by Robert Pinsky (FSG, April) Bye-and-Bye: Selected Later Poems by Charles Wright (FSG, April) On the Other Side Blue by Collier...
PW Poetry 2011 Announcements and Top 10 Books →
Here’s my contribution to PW’s 2011 Spring announcements issue, in which I offer my top 10 upcoming poetry books.
PW Poetry Reviews: January 2011
Here are this month’s Publishers Weekly poetry reviews. The two Bishop books are available singly or in a fancy boxed set. And note the new Nick Flynn book. Exciting stuff. Poems by Elizabeth Bishop (FSG) Prose by Elizabeth Bishop (FSG) Flies by Michael Dickman (Copper Canyon) Double Shadow by Carl Phillips (FSG) All of Us by Elisabeth Frost (White Pine) The Captain Asks for a Show of...
Publishers Weekly Poetry Reviews December 2010
Our largest bunch of reviews in months…April is on its way. Money Shot by Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan) The Crows Were Laughing in Their Trees by Peter Conners (White Pine) Space, In Chains by Laura Kasischke (Copper Canyon) Ghost in A Red Hat by Rosanna Warren (Norton) The Needle by Jennifer Grotz (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) The Book of Men by Dorianne Laux(Norton) Dayglo by James Meetze...
PW Poetry Reviews: November 2010
Reviews of upcoming books by Billy Collins, Robert Duncan and Leslie Scalapino, among others, in this week’s issue of PW. Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins Sobbing Superpower by Tadeusz Rózewicz Address by Elizabeth Willis The H.D. Book by Robert Duncan Lucky Fish by Aimee Nezhukumatathil Of Indigo and Saffron: New and Selected Poems by Michael McClure The Dihedrons Gazelle-Dihedrals...
The Poetry Foundation quotes this editor on poetry... →
PW's Best Poetry Books of 2010 →
PW released its best books of 2010 list today (linked to this post) and we here in the poetry department want to make sure you saw the five poetry books we picked as this year’s best: Nox Anne Carson (New Directions) This is a fold-out replication, a kind of scroll, of the handmade notebook that Carson made to mourn her brother’s death. The Eternal City Kathleen Graber (Princeton)...
October PW Poetry Reviews
Eight new poetry reviews in today’s PW: First Fire, Then Birds: Obsessionals 1985-2010 by H.L. Hix (Etruscan) Anterooms: New Poems and Translations by Richard Wilbur (HMH) The Book of Things by Ales Steger, trans. from the Slovenian by Brian Henry (BOA) Canti by Giacomo Leopardi, trans. from the Italian by Jonathan Galassi, (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) Stories That Listen by Priscilla...
why poetry e-books look so bad--from PW →
Coding Poetry for Digital Publication: The... →
My griping about bad poetry e-book formatting on... →
Making a Living as A Writer: Should Prose Writers... →
A little rant I wrote this morning on the PWxyz blog.
kafka's last trial →
By the extraordinary Elif Batuman
Heaney and Muldoon reviewed in the NYT →
If only they’d spend more of this ink on the little guys, alas.
Lots of Poetry in This Week's PW
Lots of poetry coverage in this week’s issue of Publishers Weekly. Check out: -A Profile of inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander -A Q&A with Critic Harold Bloom about his new book Till I End My Song -Plus reviews of: Every Riven Thing by Christian Wiman (FSG, Nov.) Annulments by Zach Savich (CLP, Nov.) Silver Roses by Rachel Wetzteon (Persea, Nov.) By The Numbers by James...