Year-End Lists

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Category: 2017 Poetry

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

E. Ce Miller: 18 Best Poetry Collections of 2017

E. Ce Miller: 18 Best Poetry Collections of 2017 (as published by Bustle)

  • Testify – Simone John
  • bone – Yrsa Daley-Ward
  • Magdalene – Marie Howe
  • Earthling – James Longenbach
  • Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 – Frank Bidart
  • I Wore My Blackest Hair – Carlina Duan
  • The Sun and Her Flowers – Rupi Kaur
  • Afterland – Mai Der Vang
  • Unaccompanied – Javier Zamora
  • I Am Flying into Myself: Selected Poems, 1960-2014 – Bill Knott
  • When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities – Chen Chen
  • Thousands – Lightsey Darst
  • In the Language of My Captor – Shane McCrae
  • Together and By Ourselves – Alex Dimitrov
  • Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  • Whereas – Layli Long Soldier
  • My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter – Aja Monet
  • How Lovely the Ruins: Inspirational Poems and Words for Difficult Times – various poets, selected by Annie Chagnot and Emi Ikkanda

Chicago Review of Books: 8 Best Poetry Books of 2017

A People's History of Chicago - Kevin Coval

Chicago Review of Books: 8 Best Poetry Books of 2017

  • A People’s History of Chicago – Kevin Coval
  • Nature Poem – Tommy Pico
  • Electric Arches – Eve L. Ewing
  • Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing – Charif Shanahan
  • The Nightlife – Elise Paschen
  • Phrasis – Wendy Xu
  • Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  • Perception – Christina Pugh

Elizabeth Lund: 5 Best Poetry Collections of 2017

Elizabeth Lund: 5 Best Poetry Collections of 2017 (as published by The Washington Post)

  • Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver – Mary Oliver
  • Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  • Good Bones – Maggie Smith
  • Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 – Frank Bidart
  • Whereas – Layli Long Soldier