What Were Your Favorite Poems This Year?

Dear Readers,

This week I’ve read two excellent poetry collections: Yona Harvey’s illuminating, musical Hemming the Water (thanks to a recommendation from poet and friend Emily Mohn-Slate) and Simon Armitage‘s Book of Matches (unsettling turns, brilliant wordplay). I highly recommend them both, and wish I had more time to write about them now.

Though I’m not done reading for the year, I am reflecting on the year’s reading, and it’s been just a stellar year for poetry; more on that next week. In the meantime, I hope you’ll take a moment to tell me about your poetry reading this year. What was your favorite poem or collection? What was the most surprising discovery? How are you finding new poems to read?

Until next week!

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9 thoughts on “What Were Your Favorite Poems This Year?

  1. Still the Animals Enter by Jane Hilberry was the best collection actually from 2016 that I read. I also really enjoyed Sightlines by Henry Beissel and Flowers Around Your Soft Throat by Christina Seymour (a chapbook of 10 poems). As for the best older stuff I encountered this year, I’d include A Change of World by Adrienne Rich (reissued by Norton in June), How Snow Falls by Craig Raine and Dream Work by Mary Oliver.

  2. I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t read enough poetry to be able to name a favourite collection, or even a favourite poem. However, I have read more poetry this year than ever before, and my ‘surprising discovery’ is that the more poetry I read, the more I like it and the more I want to read. 🙂

  3. This year, Iphigenia Leaving Tauris, by Carolyn Oliver. My all-time favorite is by the same author: Catherine of Aragon Addresses the Stones. Beautiful, thoughtful work.

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