Literary Criticism

Notable Poetry Books of 2016

In no particular order, here are the notable books of poetry published in 2016 that are, in whole or in part, “must reads”:

Frederick Seidel, Widening Income Inequality

Vahni Capildeo,  Measures of Expatriation

Denise Riley, Say Something Back

Brenda Shaughnessy, So Much Synth

Luke Kennard, Cain

Ian Duhig, The Blind Road-Maker

Bernadette Meyer, Works and Days

Michael Dickman, Green Migraine

Kevin Young, Blue Laws, Selected and Uncollected Poems (1995-2015)

Monica Youn, Blackacre: Poems

Kim Addonizio, Mortal Trash: Poems

Solmaz Sharif, Look: Poems

Jana Prikryl, The After Party: Poems

Daniel Borzutzky, The Performance of Becoming Human

Peter Gizzi, Archeophonics

Anne Carson, Float

John Ashbery, Commotion of the Birds: New Poems

Alice Notley, Certain Magical Acts

Alice Oswald, Falling Awake

Adrienne Rich, Collected Poems: 1952 – 2012

Rita Dove, Collected Poems: 1974-2004

Mary Ruefle, My Private Property

Niall Campbell, First Nights

Larry Levis, The Darkening Trapeze: Last Poems

Emilia Phillips, Groundspeed

Eléna Rivera, Scaffolding

C.D. Wright, ShallCross

C.D. Wright, The Poet, The Lion, Talking Pictures, El Farolito, A Wedding in St. Roch, The Big Box Store, The Warp in the Mirror, Spring, Midnights, Fire & All

Jennifer Grotz, Windows Left Open: Poems

Melissa Broder, Last Sext

J.H. Prynne, The White Stones

Ocean Vuong, Night Sky with Exit Wounds

Kate Wakeling, The Rainbow Faults


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