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Category: 2012 Poetry

Dennis Cooper: 16 Favorite Poetry Books of 2012

The Malady of the Century

Dennis Cooper: 16 Favorite Poetry Books of 2012 (as numbered on Cooper’s site, but note that he precedes the list with “in no order”)

  1. The Malady of the Century – Jon Leon
  2. Victory – Ben Kopel
  3. Percussion Grenade – Joyelle McSweeney
  4. The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard – Joe Brainard
  5. Hider Roser – Ben Mirov
  6. Baby Babe – Ana Carrete
  7. Foamghast – Paul Cunningham
  8. The Invention of Glass – Emmanuel Hocquard (translated by Cole Swenson and Rod Smith)
  9. I am My Own Betrayal – Guillaume Morissette
  10. Meat Heart – Melissa Broder
  11. Mercury – Ariana Reines
  12. Crunk Juice – Steve Roggenbuck
  13. Snowflake / different streets – Eileen Myles
  14. Trill – Justin Carter
  15. Stealing Things – Keegan Crawford
  16. [tie] mysapce.com – Walter Mackey

Michael Andor Brodeur: 8 Best Poetry Books of 2012

Pink-Thunder

Michael Andor Brodeur: 8 Best Poetry Books of 2012 (as published by The Boston Globe)

  • Pink Thunder – Michael Zapruder
  • Mayakovsky’s Revolver – Matthew Dickman
  • Thunderbird – Dorothea Lasky
  • Quick Question – John Ashbery
  • Alien vs. Predator – Michael Robbins
  • As Long as Trees Last – Hoa Nguyen
  • Music for Porn – Rob Halpern
  • Place – Jorie Graham

Michael Robbins: 7 Best Small-Press Poetry Books of 2012

Fragile-Acts

Michael Robbins: 7 Best Small-Press Poetry Books of 2012 (as published by The Chicago Tribune)

  • Fragile Acts – Allan Peterson
  • Thunderbird – Dorothea Lasky
  • I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say – Anthony Madrid
  • Snowflake / different streets – Eileen Myles
  • Balloon Pop Outlaw Black – Patricia Lockwood
  • Meat Heart – Melissa Broder
  • Madame X – Darcie Dennigan

Frontier Psychiatrist: Top 18 Poetry Books of 2012

The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard

Frontier Psychiatrist: Top 18 Poetry Books of 2012

  1. The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard – Joe Brainard
  2. A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics – CAConrad
  3. Bean Spasms – Ted Berrigan & Ron Padgett
  4. Enduring Freedom – Laura Mullen
  5. Snowflake / different streets – Eileen Myles
  6. Flowering Mall – Brandon Brown
  7. how to survive a hotel fire – Angela Veronica Wong
  8. The Emily Dicknson Reader: An English-to-English Translation of Emily Dickinson’s Complete Poems – Paul Legault
  9. Partyknife – Dan Magers
  10. Sonics in Warholia – Megan Volpert

Honorable Mentions

  • Victory – Ben Kopel
  • A Real Time of It – Sally Delehant
  • cloudfang :: cakedirt – Daniela Olszewska
  • As Long as Trees Last – Hoa Nguyen
  • The Invention of Glass – Emmanuel Hocquard (translated by Cole Swenson and Rod Smith)
  • Hider Roser – Ben Mirov
  • Desiring Map – Megan Kaminski
  • Vital Pursuits – Evan Glasson

Coldfront: Top 40 Poetry Books of 2012

Engine-Empire

Coldfront: Top 40 Poetry Books of 2012

  1. Engine Empire: Poems – Cathy Park Hong
  2. Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys: Poems – D.A. Powell
  3. Snowflake / different streets – Eileen Myles
  4. Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah – Patricia Smith
  5. Our Andromeda – Brenda Shaughnessy
  6. To Keep Love Blurry – Craig Morgan Teicher
  7. Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations – David Ferry
  8. Nice Weather – Frederick Seidel
  9. Further Adventures in Monochrome – John Yau
  10. Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast – Hannah Gamble
  11. Bright Brave Phenomena – Amanda Nadelberg
  12. me and Nina – Monica A. Hand
  13. Balloon Pop Outlaw Black – Patricia Lockwood
  14. Gravesend – Cole Swensen
  15. Slow Lightning – Eduardo C. Corral
  16. Meme – Susan Wheeler
  17. Partyknife – Dan Magers
  18. A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics – CAConrad
  19. If I Should Say I Have Hope – Lynn Melnick
  20. Thunderbird – Dorothea Lasky
  21. The Glimmering Room – Cynthia Cruz
  22. ROTC Kills – John Koethe
  23. Grand & Arsenal – Kerri Webster
  24. Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless – Matt Hart
  25. China Cowboy – Kim Gek Lin Short
  26. Fjords, Vol. 1 – Zachary Schomburg
  27. Vanitas, Rough – Lisa Russ Spaar
  28. Mother Was a Tragic Girl – Sandra Simonds
  29. Exit, Civilian – Idra Novey
  30. The Fact of the Matter – Sally Keith
  31. Madame X – Darcie Dennigan
  32. Victory – Ben Kopel
  33. The Ground – Rowan Ricardo Phillips
  34. Quick Question – John Ashbery
  35. Robinson Alone – Kathleen Rooney
  36. Charms Against Lightning – James Arthur
  37. how to survive a hotel fire – Angela Veronica Wong
  38. The Game of Boxes – Catherine Barnett
  39. Hider Roser – Ben Mirov
  40. I Live in a Hut – S.E. Smith

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2012

Collected-Poems-of-Lucille-Clifton

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2012

  1. The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 – Lucille Clifton
  2. Slow Lightning – Eduardo C. Corral
  3. Place – Jorie Graham
  4. Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys: Poems – D.A. Powell
  5. Animal Eye – Paisley Rekdal