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Category: 2016 Poetry

Chicago Review of Books: 12 Best Poetry Books of 2016

Thief in the Interior - Phillip B. Williams

Chicago Review of Books: 12 Best Poetry Books of 2016

  1. Thief in the Interior – Phillip B. Williams
  2. Poems: New and Selected – Ron Rash
  3. Ghost County – John McCarthy
  4. Popular Music – Kelly Schirmann
  5. Night-Sky Checkerboard – Oh Sae-young
  6. The Black Maria – Aracelis Girmay
  7. 1989, The Number – Kevin Coval and Nate Marshall
  8. The Secret Birds – Tony Fitzpatrick
  9. child in a winter house brightening – Abigail Zimmer
  10. Unbearable Splendor – Sun Yung Shin
  11. Meditations of a Beast – Kristine Ong Muslim
  12. Cattle of the Lord – Rosa Alice Branco

E. Ce Miller: 12 Best Poetry Collections of 2016

E. Ce Miller: 12 Best Poetry Collections of 2016 (as published by Bustle)

  • Look – Solmaz Sharif
  • Night Sky With Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong
  • Measures of Expatriation – Vahni Capildeo
  • The Performance of Becoming Human – Daniel Borzutzky
  • Falling Awake – Alice Oswald
  • Let Them Eat Chaos – Kate Tempest
  • Bestiary – Donika Kelly
  • American Anger: An Evidentiary – H.L. Hix
  • Rapture – Sjohnna McCray
  • Sunshine – Melissa Lee-Houghton
  • Violet Energy Ingots – Hoa Nguyen
  • The Remedies – Katharine Towers

John Freeman: 10 Best Poetry Books of 2016

John Freeman: 10 Best Poetry Books of 2016 (as published by The Boston Globe)

  • Odes – Sharon Olds
  • Night – Etel Adnan
  • Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015 – Kevin Young
  • White Blight – Athena Farrokhzad
  • The Black Maria – Aracelis Girmay
  • House of Lords and Commons – Ishion Hutchinson
  • Olio – Tyehimba Jess
  • The Little Edges – Fred Moten
  • Look – Solmaz Sharif
  • Night Sky With Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2016

The Black Maria - Aracelis Girmay

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2016

  1. The Black Maria – Aracelis Girmay
  2. Look – Solmaz Sharif
  3. Olio – Tyehimba Jess
  4. ShallCross – C.D. Wright
  5. So Much Synth – Brenda Shaughnessy

Library Journal: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2016

House of Lords and Commons - Ishion Hutchinson

Library Journal: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2016

  1. House of Lords and Commons – Ishion Hutchinson
  2. Olio – Tyehimba Jess
  3. Incidents of Travel in Poetry: New and Selected Poems – Frank Lima
  4. ShallCross – C.D. Wright
  5. Night Sky With Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong

David Orr: 10 Best Poetry Books of 2016

David Orr: 10 Best Poetry Books of 2016 (as published by The New York Times)

  • Night – Etel Adnan
  • A Pillow Book – Suzanne Buffam
  • Bestiary – Donika Kelly
  • The After Party – Jana Prikryl
  • Works & Days – Bernadette Mayer
  • Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015 – Kevin Young
  • So Much Synth – Brenda Shaughnessy
  • All The Poems: Stevie Smith – Stevie Smith
  • Blackacre – Monica Youn
  • Solarium – Jordan Zandi

Dennis Cooper: 23 Favorite Poetry Books of 2016

Cheer Up, Femme Fatal - Kim Yideum

Dennis Cooper: 23 Favorite Poetry Books of 2016 (“in no order”)

  • Two Teenagers – John Colasacco
  • Overpour – Jane Wong
  • Safe Space – Jos Charles
  • The Song Of The Dead – Pierre Reverdy
  • Avant Gauze – Christine Friedlander
  • Commotion of the Birds: New Poems – John Ashbery
  • Calamities – Renee Gladman
  • In the Empire of the Air: The Poems of Donald Britton – Donald Britton
  • George Washington: Poems – Adam Fitzgerald
  • Olio – Tyehimba Jess
  • Witch Hunt – Juliet Escoria
  • Cheer Up, Femme Fatal – Kim Yideum
  • Poem Without Suffering – Josef Kaplan
  • Certain Magical Acts – Alice Notley
  • Alien Weaving – Will Alexander
  • Night Sky With Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong
  • The City Keeps: Selected and New Poems 1966-2014 – John Godfrey
  • Burn Book – Felix Bernstein
  • Come In Alone – Anselm Berrigan
  • Shorthand and Electric Language Stars – Stephanie Gray
  • Invisible Oligarchs – Bill Berkson
  • Marys of the Sea – Joanna C Valente
  • The Age of Reasons: Uncollected Poems 1969–1982 – Ted Greenwald

Michael Robbins: 4 Best Poetry Books of 2016

Michael Robbins: 4 Best Poetry Books of 2016 (as published by The Chicago Tribune)

  • Works & Days – Bernadette Mayer
  • A Woman of Property – Robyn Schiff
  • Still Dirty – David Lau
  • The White Stones – J.H. Prynne

Dan Chiasson: 8 Best Poetry Books of 2016

Dan Chiasson: 8 Best Poetry Books of 2016 (as published by The New Yorker)

  • A Woman of Property – Robyn Schiff
  • Gap Gardening – Rosmarie Waldrop
  • Collected Poems – Adrienne Rich
  • The After Party – Jana Prikryl
  • Night Sky With Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong
  • Falling Awake – Alice Oswald
  • House of Lords and Commons – Ishion Hutchinson
  • Envelope Poems – Emily Dickinson

Elizabeth Lund: 5 Best Poetry Collections of 2016

Elizabeth Lund: 5 Best Poetry Collections of 2016 (as published by The Washington Post)

  • Blackacre – Monica Youn
  • Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015 – Kevin Young
  • Garden Time – W.S. Merwin
  • Look – Solmaz Sharif
  • ShallCross – C.D. Wright