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Category: 2017 Poetry

Joseph Salvatore: Best 25 Poetry Books of 2017

Advances in Embroidery: Poems, with Translations from Mahmoud Darwish - Ahmad Al-Ashqar

Joseph Salvatore: Best 25 Poetry Books of 2017 (as published by The Brooklyn Rail)

  1. Advances in Embroidery: Poems, with Translations from Mahmoud Darwish – Ahmad Al-Ashqar
  2. Calling a Wolf a Wolf – Kaveh Akbar
  3. Bye-Bye Land – Christian Barter
  4. Before the Drought – Margo Berdeshevsky
  5. Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 – Frank Bidart
  6. Let’s Not Live on Earth – Sarah Blake
  7. Second Nature – Patricia Carlin
  8. Barbie Chang – Victoria Chang
  9. When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities – Chen Chen
  10. bone – Yrsa Daley-Ward
  11. Trophic Cascade – Camille T. Dungy
  12. The January Children – Safia Elhillo
  13. Gates & Fields – Jennifer Firestone
  14. Sky Country – Christine Kitano
  15. I Am Flying into Myself: Selected Poems, 1960-2014 – Bill Knott
  16. These Days Of Candy – Manuel Paul Lopez
  17. In the Language of My Captor – Shane McCrae
  18. Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver – Mary Oliver
  19. There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce – Morgan Parker
  20. On Imagination – Mary Ruefle
  21. Lessons on Expulsion – Erika L. Sánchez
  22. Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  23. The Trembling Answers – Craig Morgan Teicher
  24. Afterland – Mai Der Vang
  25. Where the Time Goes – Gale Renee Walden

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

Lloyd Schwartz: Favorite Poetry of 2017

Lloyd Schwartz: Favorite Poetry of 2017 (as posted by WBUR’s The ARTery)

  • New Collected Poems – Marianne Moore
  • Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 – Frank Bidart
  • The Aeneid (translated by David Ferry) – Virgil
  • The Amoeba Game – Tara Skurtu
  • Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character – Kay Redfield Jamison

a dozen more poetry books, by writers with Boston connections

  • Personal Science – Lillian-Yvonne Bertram
  • Advice from the Lights – Stephen Burt
  • Children with Enemies – Stuart Dischell
  • Not Elegy, but Eros – Nausheen Eusuf
  • Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country – Rebecca Morgan Frank
  • Fast – Jorie Graham
  • After Jubilee – Brionne Janae
  • A Dangling House – Maeve Kinkead
  • May All My Wounds Be Mortal – Karen Locascio
  • Said Not Said – Fred Marchant
  • Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast – Megan Marshall
  • Reaper – Jill McDonough

David Orr: The Best Poetry of 2017

David Orr: The Best Poetry of 2017 (as published by The New York Times)

  • The Complete Poems of A.R. Ammons – A.R. Ammons
  • The Essential W.S. Merwin – W.S. Merwin
  • I Am Flying into Myself: Selected Poems, 1960-2014 – Bill Knott
  • So Where Are We? – Lawrence Joseph
  • Before Dawn on Bluff Road / Hollyhocks in the Fog: Selected New Jersey Poems / Selected San Francisco Poems – August Kleinzahler
  • Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment – Alessandra Lynch
  • Sun in Days – Meghan O’Rourke
  • Witch Wife – Kiki Petrosino
  • Fiends Fell – Tom Pickard
  • The Trembling Answers – Craig Morgan Teicher
  • Phrasis – Wendy Xu

Dan Chiasson: The Poetry I Was Grateful for in 2017

In The New Yorker, Dan Chiasson writes about “The Poetry I Was Grateful for in 2017” and mentions the following collections (and one biography).

  • Afterland – Mai Der Vang
  • Simulacra – Airea D. Matthews
  • Calling a Wolf a Wolf – Kaveh Akbar
  • Whereas – Layli Long Soldier
  • Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  • Distant Mandate – Ange Mlinko
  • I Am Flying into Myself: Selected Poems, 1960-2014 – Bill Knott
  • Debths – Susan Howe
  • The Essential W.S. Merwin – W.S. Merwin
  • The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery’s Early Life – Karin Roffman
  • John Ashbery: Collected Poems 1991-2000 – John Ashbery
  • Richard Wilbur: Collected Poems 1943-2004 – Richard Wilbur
  • The Complete Poems of A.R. Ammons – A.R. Ammons
  • The Aeneid (translated by David Ferry) – Virgil
  • Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 – Frank Bidart

Verso: Best Poetry Books of 2017

Kumukanda - Kayo Chingonyi

Verso: Best Poetry Books of 2017

  • Kumukanda – Kayo Chingonyi
  • Hardly War – Don Mee Choi
  • Lao Tzu : Tao Te Ching : A Book About the Way and the Power of the Way – Ursula K. Le Guin and Lao Tzu
  • Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night – Morgan Parker
  • Wild Is the Wind – Carl Phillips
  • Night Sky With Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong

Entropy: Best Poetry Books of 2017

Inherit - Ginger Ko

Entropy: Best Poetry Books of 2017 (numbered but “in no particular order”)

  1. Inherit – Ginger Ko
  2. When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities – Chen Chen
  3. Whereas – Layli Long Soldier
  4. Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  5. Beast Meridian – Vanessa Angelica Villarreal
  6. In the Language of My Captor – Shane McCrae
  7. Field Theories – Samiya Bashir
  8. Nature Poem – Tommy Pico
  9. There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce – Morgan Parker
  10. The Yellow House – Chiwan Choih
  11. I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On – Khadijah Queen
  12. In Full Velvet – Jenny Johnson
  13. Calling a Wolf a Wolf – Kaveh Akbar
  14. Here High Note, High Note – Catherine Blauvelt
  15. Outplace – Lital Khaikin
  16. recombinant – Ching-In Chen
  17. Love, Robot – Margaret Rhee
  18. Together and By Ourselves – Alex Dimitrov
  19. Good Stock Strange Blood – Dawn Lundy Martin
  20. Ordinary Beast – Nicole Sealey
  21. Thousand Star Hotel – Bao Phi
  22. Desgraciado – Ángel Domínguez
  23. The Flayed City – Hari Alluri
  24. Field Glass – Joanna Howard and Joanna Ruocco
  25. Madness – Sam Sax
  26. Hollywood Forever – Harmony Holiday
  27. The Happy End / All Welcome – Monica de la Torre
  28. A Turkish Dictionary – Andrew Wessels
  29. The Most Foreign Country – Alejandra Pizarnik
  30. Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 – Frank Bidart
  31. MyOTHER TONGUE – Rosa Alcalá
  32. The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded – Molly McCully Brown
  33. Thrust – Heather Derr-Smith
  34. Gnome – Robert Lunday
  35. the magic my body becomes – Jess Rizkallah
  36. In the Still of the Night – Dara Wier
  37. Afterland – Mai Der Vang
  38. Lessons on Expulsion – Erika L. Sánchez
  39. Gray Market – Krystal Languell
  40. Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut – Vickie Vértiz
  41. Light Into Bodies – Nancy Chen Long
  42. Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now – Edited by Amit Majmudar
  43. Some Beheadings – Aditi Machado
  44. I Love It Though – Alli Warren
  45. Good Bones – Maggie Smith
  46. Map to the Stars – Adrian Matejka
  47. I Remember Nightfall – Marosa di Giorgio
  48. Hard Child – Natalie Shapero
  49. Prosopopoeia – Farid Tali
  50. Adrenalin – Ghayath Almadhoun
  51. My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter – Aja Monet
  52. Fast – Jorie Graham
  53. Adam Cannot Be Adam – Kelli Anne Noftle
  54. Anemal Uter Meck – Mg Roberts
  55. Open Epic – Julia Drescher
  56. Pizza and Warfare – Nikki Wallschlaeger
  57. Unaccompanied – Javier Zamora
  58. The Book of Endings – Leslie Harrison
  59. To Love the Coming End – Leanne Dunic
  60. What’s Hanging on the Hush – Lauren Russell

Dennis Cooper: Favorite Poetry of 2017

Debths - Susan Howe

Dennis Cooper: Favorite Poetry of 2017 (“in no order”)

  • Debths – Susan Howe
  • Which Once Had Been Meadow – Ann Jaderlund
  • Lunch Portraits – Debora Kuan
  • Selected Poems: 1962-1985 – Clark Coolidge
  • The Yellow House – Chiwan Choih
  • Salted Rook – Douglas Payne
  • Corporations Are People, Too! – Jerome Sala
  • Tony Greene Era – Kevin Killian
  • The Circus – Clark Coolidge
  • Outplace – Lital Khaikin
  • Prose Architectures – Renee Gladman
  • The Astropastorals – Douglas Crase
  • The Happy End / All Welcome – Monica de la Torre
  • Rock|Salt|Stone – Rosamond S. King
  • I Am Flying into Myself: Selected Poems, 1960-2014 – Bill Knott

Michael Robbins: Notable Poetry of 2017

Michael Robbins: Notable Poetry of 2017 (as published by The Chicago Tribune)

  • “Vladimir Mayakovsky” and Other Poems – Vladimir Mayakovsky
  • Hard Child – Natalie Shapero
  • Crawlspace – Nikki Wallschlaeger
  • Transnational Battle Field – Heriberto Yépez
  • Blackout – Nanni Balestrini
  • John Ashbery: Collected Poems 1991-2000 – John Ashbery
  • The Complete Poems of A.R. Ammons – A.R. Ammons
  • The Complete Poems of A.R. Ammons – A.R. Ammons
  • James Wright: A Life in Poetry – Jonathan Blunk
  • The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2017

The Complete Poems of A.R. Ammons

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2017

  • The Complete Poems of A.R. Ammons – A.R. Ammons
  • Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  • The Happy End / All Welcome – Monica de la Torre
  • In the Still of the Night – Dara Wier
  • We’re On: A June Jordan Reader – June Jordan