Year-End Lists

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Category: 2015 Poetry

BuzzFeed: 16 Best Poetry Books of 2015

BuzzFeed: 16 Best Poetry Books of 2015

  1. Voyage of the Sable Venus: and Other Poems – Robin Coste Lewis
  2. Oracle – Cate Marvin
  3. Reconnaissance – Carl Phillips
  4. Felicity – Mary Oliver
  5. Application for Release from the Dream – Tony Hoagland
  6. Boy With Thorn – Rickey Laurentiis
  7. Bright Dead Things – Ada Limón
  8. Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude – Ross Gay
  9. Notes on the Assemblage – Juan Felipe Herrera
  10. Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts – Lawrence Raab
  11. The Uses of the Body – Deborah Landau
  12. How to Be Drawn – Terrance Hayes
  13. Shipbreaking – Robin Beth Schaer
  14. Wild Hundreds – Nate Marshall
  15. Sentences and Rain – Elaine Equi
  16. My Feelings – Nick Flynn

Kansas City Star: 11 Best Poetry Books of 2015

The Kansas City Star: 11 Best Poetry Books of 2015

  • Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings – Joy Harjo
  • Felicity – Mary Oliver
  • How to Be Drawn – Terrance Hayes
  • The Last Two Seconds – Mary Jo Bang
  • Memories – Lang Leav
  • My Secret Wars of 1984 – Dennis Etzel Jr
  • Report to the Department of the Interior – Diane Glancy
  • Scattered at Sea – Amy Gerstler
  • A Small Story about the Sky – Alberto Ríos
  • Twelve Clocks – Julie Sophia Paegle
  • War of the Foxes – Richard Siken

Elizabeth Lund: 5 Best Poetry Collections of 2015

Elizabeth Lund: 5 Best Poetry Collections of 2015 (as published by The Washington Post)

  • Application for Release from the Dream – Tony Hoagland
  • The Emperor of Water Clocks – Yusef Komunyakaa
  • Heaven – Rowan Ricardo Phillips
  • Notes on the Assemblage – Juan Felipe Herrera
  • Scattered at Sea – Amy Gerstler

David Orr: 10 Best Poetry Books of 2015

David Orr: 10 Best Poetry Books of 2015 (as published by The New York Times)

  • The Last Two Seconds – Mary Jo Bang
  • Turning into Dwelling – Christopher Gilbert
  • Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, 1976 to 2014 – Linda Gregerson
  • A Stranger’s Mirror: New and Selected Poems, 1994-2014 – Marilyn Hacker
  • Far-Fetched – Devin Johnston
  • Syllabus of Errors – Troy Jollimore
  • Voyage of the Sable Venus: and Other Poems – Robin Coste Lewis
  • Bright Dead Things – Ada Limón
  • Oracle – Cate Marvin
  • Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts – Lawrence Raab

Jonathon Sturgeon: 8 Best Poetry Books of 2015

Jonathon Sturgeon: 8 Best Poetry Books of 2015 (as published by Flavorwire)

  • I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975 – 2014 – Eileen Myles
  • From the New World: Poems 1976-2014 – Jorie Graham
  • Heaven – Rowan Ricardo Phillips
  • Selected Later Poems – C.K. Williams
  • Voyage of the Sable Venus: and Other Poems – Robin Coste Lewis
  • The Last Two Seconds – Mary Jo Bang
  • Black Cat Bone – John Burnside
  • Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude – Ross Gay

Dennis Cooper: 23 Favorite Poetry Books of 2015

Scattered at Sea - Amy Gerstler

Dennis Cooper: 23 Favorite Poetry Books of 2015

  • Scattered at Sea – Amy Gerstler
  • Sentences and Rain – Elaine Equi
  • I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975 – 2014 – Eileen Myles
  • Fantasy – Ben Fama
  • Alone and Not Alone – Ron Padgett
  • Bipolar Cowboy – Noah Cicero
  • Breezeway: New Poems – John Ashbery
  • Salt Is For Curing – Sonya Vatomsky
  • Ban en Banlieue – Bhanu Kapil
  • Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners – John Wieners
  • Skeleton Costumes – Thomas Moore
  • East Hollywood: Memorial to Reason – Harry E. Northup
  • Veronica Bench – Leopoldine Core
  • War of the Foxes – Richard Siken
  • Eating the Colors of a Lineup of Words: The Collected Early Books of Bernadette Mayer – Bernadette Mayer
  • Heliopause – Heather Christle
  • The Green Ray – Corina Copp
  • Blue Fasa – Nathaniel Mackey
  • Superior Packets – Susie Timmons
  • Goal/Tender Meat/Tender – Paul Cunningham
  • Benediction – Alice Notley
  • Alien Abduction – Lewis Warsh
  • Fogland – Mike Krutel

Dan Chiasson: 12 Favorite Poetry Books of 2015

Dan Chiasson: 12 Favorite Poetry Books of 2015 (as published by The New Yorker, and also including “books about poets, books of prose by poets, and other marginal cases”)

  • Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, 1976 to 2014 – Linda Gregerson
  • The Uses of the Body – Deborah Landau
  • Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners – John Wieners
  • The Birth-mark: unsettling the wilderness in American literary history – Susan Howe
  • Chelsea Girls – Eileen Myles
  • I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975 – 2014 – Eileen Myles
  • James Merrill: Life and Art – Langdon Hammer
  • Voyage of the Sable Venus: and Other Poems – Robin Coste Lewis
  • Breezeway: New Poems – John Ashbery
  • Solarium – Jordan Zandi
  • On Elizabeth Bishop – Colm Tóibín
  • How to Be Drawn – Terrance Hayes