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Our Favorite Poetry Collections of 2017

We asked 48 poets and writers to recommend one book of poetry they loved in 2017. Their choices are below…

 The Respondents
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Damiano Abeni · Kaveh Akbar · Dan Beachy-Quick · Dodie Bellamy · Charles Bernstein · Anselm Berrigan · Jonah Bokaer · Lee Ann Brown · Todd Colby · Douglas Crase · Richard Deming · Mark Doty · Marcella Durand · Alan Felsenthal · Roxane Gay · Alan Gilbert · Ariel Goldberg · Rigoberto Gonzalez · Oli Hazzard · Kevin Killian · David Lau · Janice Lee · Ada Limón · Saretta Morgan · Michael Palmer · Robert Polito · Eugene Richie · Metta Sáma · Elizabeth Scanlon · Barry Schwabsky · Nicole Sealey · David Shapiro · Don Share · Brenda Shaughnessy ·  Evie Shockley · Emily Skillings · Carmen Giménez Smith · Michael Snediker · Mark So · Christopher Soto · Stacy Sxymaszek · Tess Taylor · John Emil Vincent · Ocean Vuong · Eliot Weinberger · Dara Wier · Trevor Winkfield · Enrique Winter ·

MyOther Tongue by Rosa Alcalá (Futurepoem)


Across the Vapour Gulf by Will Alexander (New Directions)


Adrenalin by Ghayath Almadhdoun (Action Books)


The Codex Mojaodicus by Steven Alvarez (Fence Books)

Collected Poems: 1991–2000 by John Ashbery, edited by Mark Ford (Library of America)


Field Theories by Samiya Bashir (Nightboat)


My Lai by Carmen Berenguer (Cardboard House Press)


Half-Light: Collected Poems by Frank Bidart (FSG)


Of Mongrelitude by Julian Talamantez Brolaski (Wave Books)


You Envelop Me by Laynie Browne (Omnidawn)


Advice From The Lights by Stephanie Burt (Graywolf Press)


Rocket Fantastic by Gabrielle Calvocoressi (Persea Books)


Mock Through Rasping Crow by Billy Cancel (BlazeVox Books)

Deuda y Literatura by Omar Chauvié


Recombinant by Ching-In Chen (Kelsey St Press)


Death By Sex Machine by Franny Choi (Sibling Rivalry Press)


Perverse, All Monstrous by Cody-Rose Clevidence (Nion Editions)


Tantrum by Stella Corso (Rescue Press)

The Collected Poems of Fay Zwicky ed. by L. Dougan and T. Dolan (UWA Publishing)

Synaesthesium by Moira Egan (Criterion Books)

Garden of M. by Marcella Durand (trans. Olivier Brossard) (Tent Editions)


Calligraphy Typewriters: The Selected Poems of Larry Eigner, edited by Curtis Faville and Robert Grenier (University of Alabama Press, 2017)


Gates & Fields by Jennifer Firestone (Belladonna*)


How To Get Over by t’ai freedom ford


At the Burning Abyss: Experiencing the Georg Trakl Poem by Franz Fuehmann (Univ. Of Chicago Press)

The End of Something by Kate Greenstreet (Ahsahta Press)


Blue Pearl by Lesley Harrison (New Directions)

Velvet by Tom Healy (Monk Books)

Debths by Susan Howe (New Directions)


Motherwort by Lyric Hunter (Guillotine)


The End Part One
 by MC Hyland (Magic Helicopter Press)


In Full Velvet by Jenny Johnson (Sarabande Books)


My Ida
by Simone Kearney (Ugly Duckling Presse)


Tony Greene Era by Kevin Killian (Wonder)


I Am Flying Into Myself: Selected Poems by Bill Knott (FSG)


Lounge Act by Wayne Koestenbaum  (LP) (Ugly Duckling Presse)


The Swimmer by John Koethe (FSG)


Whereas
by Layli Longsoldier  (Graywolf Press)


Daylily Called it a Dangerous Moment by Alessandra Lynch (Alice James Books)


Good Stock Strange Tongue by Dawn Lundy Martin (Coffee House Press)


The Desire of Mothers to Please Others in Letters
 by Bernadette Mayer (Split Level Texts)


Blud
by Rachel McKibbens (Copper Canyon)


Subject To Change: Trans Poetry In Conversation Edited by H. Melt (Sibling Rivalry Press)


Wild Geese Returning: Chinese Reversible Poems by Michèle Métail (trans. by Jody Gladding) (NYRB Books)


In Darkest Capital: Collected Poems
 
by Drew Milne (Carcanet Press)


Zippers & Jeans by J. Peter Moore (Selva Oscura Press)


Afterglow by Eileen Myles (Grove Atlantic)


Descent & Other Poems 
by Timothy Ogene (Deerbrook Editions)


Augury
by Eric Pankey (Milkweed Editions)


Thousand Star Hotel by Bao Phi (Coffeehouse Press)


Fiends Fell by Tom Pickards (Flood Editions)


I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On by Khadijah Queen (YesYes Books)


Matria by Alexandra Lytton Regalado (Black Lawrence Press)


Invocation to Daughters by Barbara Jane Reyes (City Lights Publishers)


Shadowboxing by Joseph Rios


Anemal Uter Meck by Mg Roberts (Black Radish Books)


Quickening Fields by Pattiann Rogers (Penguin Books)


A Transpacific Poetics edited by Lisa Samuels and Sawako Nakayasu (Litmus Press)


Ordinary Beast by Nicole Sealey (HarperCollins)


Joanna Kyger, There You Are: Interviews, Journals, And Ephemera Edited by Cedar Sigo (Wave Books)


Royals by Cedar Sigo
(Wave Books)


Fort Not
 by Emily Skillings (The Song Cave)


Don’t Call Us Dead by
Danez Smith (Graywolf Press)


Poems (2012-2017) by Oki Sogumi (Face Press)


Gatherest by Sasha Steensen (Ahsahta Press)


Gondwana by Nathaniel Tarn (New Directions)


Afterland by Mai Der Vang (Graywolf Press)

Beast Meridian by Vanessa Angélica Villarreal (Noemi Press)


Crawlspace By Nikki Wallschlaeger (Bloof Books)


Out of The Question: Selected Poems (1963-2003)
by Lewis Warsh (Station Hill Press)


Sonnets from Elizabeth’s by Rosanne Wasserman (Grey Suit Editions)


In the Still of the Night by Dara Wier (Wave Books)


The Silence That Remains by Ghassan Zaqtan, trans. by Fady Joudah (Copper Canyon Press)


Songs for Schizoid Siblings by Lionel Ziprin (The Song Cave)

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