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My Poetry Picks for 2013 December 26, 2013: Books I've either been blessed with, am coveting gingerly through or still on my must read list, I most appreciate these authors for their fearlessness, their insane dedication to not only their own work but that of others. As 2014 creeps on into the Capricorn chill, I want to make sure I share what little space I have in my virtual living [...] by

The Poetry Foundation’s 2013 Staff Picks December 19, 2013: Before the year comes to a close, we'd be remiss if we didn't let our dear Harriet readers know the books that have found a special place in our hearts this glorious year of 2013. Read on to see what we've been reading! *** Robert Polito, President of the Poetry Foundation Some of the new poetry books that meant the most to me during [...] by

My Poetry Picks for 2013 December 18, 2013: These five books got under my skin. They are not books you read once with admiration but that later end up in your basement. They are also not new books in the conventional sense, except for Kate Greenstreet’s Young Tambling, which is about an old ballad and so plays off a song sung long before this year. The rest of these books came [...] by

My Poetry Picks for 2013 December 17, 2013: Aaron Kunin, Grace Period: Notebooks, 1998-2007 (Letter MachineEditions, 2013) In the generous, open spirit of Steve Benson’s improvisations, Kumin collects his ruminations that live up to Charles Olson’s desire for a language practice “outside” the inherited categories of narrative and, more generally, teleological thinking. [...] by

My Poetry Picks for 2013 December 16, 2013: Robert Lax Poems (1962-1997) The decision to go with a page wide enough to isolate Lax’s skinny poems was brilliant. The poems pop off the ample pages to invoke the massive void his poems called out of/back into. I haven’t heard songs like these in a long time. Farid Matuk My Daughter La Chola Matuk is a chameleon. He clocks through [...] by

My Poetry Picks for 2013 December 13, 2013: These are 5 books published in 2013 I am especially happy to have in the world—"and you can, too!" (à la Stephen Colbert): Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary, by Harryette Mullen. Any new Mullen book is an event in my world. I am a fan for many reasons, including my admiration of her ability to reinvent her poetic self again [...] by

My Poetry Picks for 2013 December 11, 2013: 1. Stephanie Barber, Night Moves (Publishing Genius Press) A transcription (copy & paste, more accurately) of the YouTube comment stream for Bob Seger’s famous 1976 song. Somewhere between conceptualism and old-fashioned found poetry, this book’s deft authorlessness frames a content-rich sweet spot. An excerpt: The 60,s from Nam [...] by

My Poetry Picks for 2013 December 10, 2013: 1. Anne Carson, Red Doc> (Knopf). Favorite Line: “The moonlit / ironing boards / grandstanding like steeds.” 2. Brandon Shimoda, Portuguese (Tin House Books & Octopus Books) Favorite Line: “Children were following my retarded stepbrother around the fields” 3. Dara Wier, You Good Thing (Wave Books). Favorite [...] by

My Poetry Picks for 2013 December 9, 2013: My top five poetry books of 2013 (In no particular order, really. These books are all worth your time.) 1. The Year of What Now, Brian Russell, Graywolf It's happened before that someone I know is grieving with or for a very sick or passed-away person, and they ask me what books they should read. Now I can tell them to read this book, [...] by

My Poetry Picks for 2013 December 5, 2013: This was a great, volatile year for poetry—my list could have been much longer. I don't think I've ever had a year when I've read so much poetry and been inspired, entranced by so much poetry. Dolores Dorantes's Estilo is an ekphrastic poem that makes out of Henry Darger's famous drawings of the Vivian Girls a zone of ambient violence, a [...] by