Best Books 2016 | Honorable Mentions

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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

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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

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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 […]

Summer Poetry: 13 Smart New Collections from Debut and Veteran Authors Alike

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Bell’s new collection could draw even those who don’t typically read poetry; Plenty is important for sophisticated readers; raw, unsparing poems from Sharif come highly recommended; debuter Vuong’s poems are painfully, exquisitely exact

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: June 1, 2016

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From beginning photography to Creative Cut Cards, fan favorites Neil Gaiman and the Ramones at 40, plus best memoirs, spies and espionage, with Gooley, Pilkey & Co., and Schwartz on water scarcity issues

Visionary Versemakers | Arts & Humanities Reviews, May 15, 2016

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Two magisterial and generous collections of poetry, one from Rita Dove—Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate—and the other from Adrienne Rich, outspoken feminist and political activist

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: May 1, 2016

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In 1971, there was Never a Dull Moment, Hasson on Believers, Thinkers, and Founders, how to do Adult Stuff, plus military picks, baseball books, and writerly advice from Mattison in The Kite and the String

April Is National Poetry Month | Wyatt’s World

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To celebrate National Poetry Month, here are five new collections. Several make iconic work accessible once again; one volume shows how verse connects us to both past and present, and yet another title features the delights of well-regarded favorites.

Top Spring Poetry: 17 Don’t-Miss Titles from Veteran and Upcoming Authors

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Chai signals a strong and specific talent; Girmay’s Black Maria is beautiful, brilliant, and palpably angry; Grey is fresh and enticing; as always Kirby is exhilarating; Leonard delivers charmed and sturdy poems for a wide range of readers; Saito’s heart-stuttering work

Art + Poetry | LJ Reviews

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British photographer Kenna’s art will appeal to fans of traditional landscape photography; a photobook with poems recommended for large public, academic, and special library collections