Showcasing Poetry: An Annual Poets House Event Celebrates 25 Years

The 2017 Poets House Poetry Showcase was held June 22 through August 26—halfway through, it was extended by two weeks given demand—marking the event’s 25th anniversary, giving Poets House cause to celebrate while pondering its future moves.

Nikki Giovanni, Masha Gessen, & Ta-Nehisi Coates | October Nonfiction on Audio

Masha Gessen describes the rise of totalitarianism in Russia, Matt Taibbi reports on the death of Eric Garner, and Nate Blakeslee documents the struggles of O-Six, an alpha female wolf in the Rockies.

Poetry Beyond the Basics: Twelve New Collections Offer Fresh Perspective on the Human Experience

Derr-Smith uses an intently packed, beautifully crafted pile-up of images to explore a rural Southern upbringing—highly recommended; gemlike poems from Mohabir will reward many readers and surprise not a few; fervent reading about the urban Hispanic experience—for all readers; Sealey explores issues of race, gender, and sexuality in poems whose fluid, wide-open style belies their grit

National Poetry Series Winners Explore Personal Anguish and Social Issues

Brewer’s thoughtful collection can be approached by all readers; Pimentel is a poet to watch; Sax’s terrific first ­collection is highly recommended for poetry lovers; Schultz’s work is weighty but worth it for serious readers

Five Poets To Watch: Fresh, Keen Work from Upcoming Writers

Crisp, beautiful writing of great import; an Iowa Poetry Prize winner that will please a wide range of readers; Jesiolowski has a fine grasp of craft and emotion; Kampa’s urge to feel, to will herself into others’ being, is a gift that will carry her far

Five Women Poets: Strong New Works for Language Lovers Everywhere

Duhamel’s deceptively informational, almost deadpan voice might at first puzzle but soon becomes incantatory; Matthews’s imaginative work will attract anyone who reads poetry seriously; White’s contribution is heartfelt and true, both deeply personal and embracing

Back Pocket RA: Poetry | Wyatt’s World

Poetry kicks off the countdown to 2017 and a multiweek survey of titles not to miss. Suggest these books to anyone looking for a bit of space and reflection as the year fades away

Best Books 2016 | Honorable Mentions

Choosing only five top titles in each category, plus a Top Ten, is a daunting exercise, so LJ’s editors and contributors decided to up the ante.

In Memoriam: Leonard Cohen, Songwriter, Poet, Novelist

While Leonard Cohen’s songs will remain his main legacy, it’s worth considering his other literary efforts, including nine books of poetry and two novels.

Key Poetry Jan.–Apr. 2017

Bidart, Frank. Half-light: Collected Poems 1965–2017. Farrar. Apr. 2017. 624p. ISBN 9780374125950. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780374715182. POETRY Multi-award-winning Bidart (e.g., the Bollingen Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award) represents a high point in contemporary America poetry, with dramatic, focused writing exploring our darkest psychic corners and greatest needs. Including a new collection, Thirst; originally […]