Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Lit Hub: Favorite Poetry Collections of 2017

Crawlspace - Nikki Wallschlaeger

Literary Hub: Favorite Poetry Collections of 2017

  • MyOTHER TONGUE – Rosa Alcalá
  • Across the Vapour Gulf – Will Alexander
  • Adrenalin – Ghayath Almadhoun
  • The Codex Mojaodicus – Steven Alvarez
  • John Ashbery: Collected Poems 1991-2000 – John Ashbery
  • Field Theories – Samiya Bashir
  • My Lai – Carmen Berenguer
  • Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 – Frank Bidart
  • Of Mongrelitude – Julian Talamantez Brolaski
  • You Envelop Me – Laynie Browne
  • Advice from the Lights – Stephen Burt
  • Rocket Fantastic – Gabrielle Calvocoressi
  • Mock Trough Rasping Crow – Billy Cancel
  • Deuda & Literatura – Omar Chauvié
  • recombinant – Ching-In Chen
  • Death by Sex Machine – Franny Choi
  • Perverse, All Monstrous – Cody-Rose Clevidence
  • Tantrum – Stella Corso
  • The Collected Poems of Fay Zwicky – Fay Zwicky
  • Le Jardin de M. – Marcella Durand
  • Synæsthesium – Moira Egan
  • Calligraphy Typewriters: The Selected Poems of Larry Eigner – Larry Eigner
  • Gates & Fields – Jennifer Firestone
  • how to get over – t’ai freedom ford
  • At the Burning Abyss: Experiencing the Georg Trakl Poem – Franz Fühmann
  • The End of Something – Kate Greenstreet
  • Blue Pearl – Lesley Harrison
  • Velvet – Tom Healy
  • Debths – Susan Howe
  • Motherwort – Lyric Hunter
  • The End: Part One – MC Hyland
  • In Full Velvet – Jenny Johnson
  • My Ida – Simone Kearney
  • Tony Greene Era – Kevin Killian
  • I Am Flying into Myself: Selected Poems, 1960-2014 – Bill Knott
  • Lounge Act – Wayne Koestenbaum
  • The Swimmer – John Koethe
  • Whereas – Layli Long Soldier
  • Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment – Alessandra Lynch
  • Good Stock Strange Blood – Dawn Lundy Martin
  • The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters – Bernadette Mayer
  • blud – Rachel McKibbens
  • Subject to Change: Trans Poetry & Conversation – Edited by H Melt
  • Wild Geese Returning: Chinese Reversible Poems – Michèle Métail
  • In Darkest Capital: Collected Poems – Drew Milne
  • Zippers & Jeans – J. Peter Moore
  • Afterglow (a dog memoir) – Eileen Myles
  • Descent & Other Poems – Timothy Ogene
  • Augury – Eric Pankey
  • Thousand Star Hotel – Bao Phi
  • Fiends Fell – Tom Pickard
  • I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On – Khadijah Queen
  • Matria – Alexandra Regalado
  • Invocation to Daughters – Barbara Jane Reyes
  • Shadowboxing: poems & impersonations – Joseph Rios
  • Anemal Uter Meck – Mg Roberts
  • Quickening Fields – Pattiann Rogers
  • A TransPacific Poetics – Edited by Lisa Samuels & Sawako Nakayasu
  • Ordinary Beast – Nicole Sealey
  • There You Are: Interviews, Journals, and Ephemera – Joanne Kyger
  • Royals – Cedar Sigo
  • Fort Not – Emily Skillings
  • Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  • The New York Editions – Michael D. Snediker
  • Poems (2012-2017) – Oki Sogumi
  • Gatherest – Sasha Steensen
  • Gondwana – Nathaniel Tarn
  • Afterland – Mai Der Vang
  • Beast Meridian – Vanessa Angélica Villarreal
  • Crawlspace – Nikki Wallschlaeger
  • Out of the Question: Selected Poems (1963-2003) – Lewis Warsh
  • Sonnets from Elizabeth’s – Rosanne Wasserman
  • In the Still of the Night – Dara Wier
  • The Silence That Remains: Selected Poems – Ghassan Zaqtan
  • Songs for Schizoid Siblings – Lionel Ziprin

Shelf Awareness: Best Books of 2017

Kill A Horse Walks into a Bar - David Grossman

Shelf Awareness: Best Books of 2017

Fiction

  • A Horse Walks into a Bar – David Grossman
  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows – Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  • Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan – Ruth Gilligan
  • Since I Laid My Burden Down – Brontez Purnell
  • So Much Blue – Percival Everett
  • Sour Heart – Jenny Zhang
  • South Pole Station – Ashley Shelby
  • Stay with Me – Ayobami Adebayo
  • The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden
  • The Girl in Green – Derek B. Miller
  • The Marsh King’s Daughter – Karen Dionne
  • The Year of the Comet – Sergei Lebedev
  • What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky – Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • White Tears – Hari Kunzru

Nonfiction

  • A Really Big Lunch: Meditations on Food and Life from the Roving Gourmand – Jim Harrison
  • Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India – Sujatha Gidla
  • Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene – Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Nils Bubandt, Elaine Gan, Heather Anne Swanson
  • Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. – Danielle S. Allen
  • Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption – Benjamin Rachlin
  • Give a Girl a Knife – Amy Thielen
  • Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
  • Insomniac City: New York, Oliver Sacks, and Me – Bill Hayes
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  • No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America – Ron Powers
  • Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  • The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir – Thi Bui
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story – Douglas Preston
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Sherman Alexie

Jordan Cronk: Top Ten Films of 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return - David Lynch

Jordan Cronk: Top Ten Films of 2017 (as submitted to the annual collection of lists curated by Toronto Film Review). See an expanded list submitted to the annual Senses of Cinema World Poll, and take a look at his write-up about The Year in Experimental Film at Film Comment.

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  2. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc – Bruno Dumont
  3. Zama – Lucrecia Martel
  4. Western – Valeska Grisebach
  5. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  6. Good Luck – Ben Russell
  7. On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  8. Lover for a Day – Philippe Garrel
  9. First Reformed – Paul Schrader
  10. El mar la mar – Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki

The Alternative: Top 50 Releases of 2017

The Alternative: Top 50 Releases of 2017

  1. Oso Oso – The Yunahon Mixtape
  2. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  3. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  4. Charly Bliss – Guppy
  5. Great Grandpa – Plastic Cough
  6. Rozwell Kid – Precious Art
  7. Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
  8. Strange Ranger – Daymoon
  9. Hodera – First Things First
  10. Big Thief – Capacity
  11. Citizen – As You Please
  12. Remo Drive – Greatest Hits
  13. The Spirit Of The Beehive – Pleasure Suck
  14. Meat Wave – The Incessant
  15. Pile – A Hairshirt of Purpose
  16. (Sandy) Alex G – Rocket
  17. Slaughter Beach, Dog – Birdie
  18. SZA – Ctrl
  19. A Will Away – Here Again
  20. Bully – Losing
  21. Blis – No One Loves You
  22. Converge – The Dusk In Us
  23. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  24. Greet Death – Dixieland
  25. Cool American – Infinite Hiatus
  26. Ratboys – GN
  27. Wild Pink – Wild Pink
  28. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  29. Fire is Motion – Still, I Try
  30. 2 Chainz – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
  31. The Obsessives – The Obsessives
  32. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
  33. Smidley – Smidley
  34. Perspective, a Lovely Hand to Hold – What Not to Do
  35. Harmony Woods – Nothing Special
  36. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
  37. Washer – All Aboard
  38. Walter Etc. – Gloom Cruise
  39. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION
  40. [tie] BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION II
  41. [tie] BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION III
  42. Mo Troper – Exposure & Response
  43. Wiki – No Mountains In Manhattan
  44. Lorde – Melodrama
  45. Diet Cig – Swear I’m Good At This
  46. Sinai Vessel – Brokenlegged
  47. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Always Foreign
  48. Jay Som – Everybody Works
  49. Jelani Sei – Lvndr Twn
  50. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps
  51. Heart Attack Man – The Manson Family
  52. Caracara – Summer Megalith

Willow Maclay: Top 10 Films of 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return - David Lynch

Willow Maclay: Top 10 Films of 2017 (as published by The Film Stage)

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  2. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  3. Milla – Valérie Massadian
  4. Strangely Ordinary This Devotion – Dani Leventhal and Sheilah Wilson
  5. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  6. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  7. In This Corner of the World – Sunao Katabuchi
  8. Your Name – Makoto Shinkai
  9. On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  10. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – Paul W.S. Anderson