Poetry News

Eleven books Dan Chiasson didn't throw away

By Harriet Staff

Over at the Book Bench, New Yorker poetry critic Dan Chiasson has a top eleven books of the year:

I get lots of books of poetry in the mail. Most make it out of their brown envelopes, though some don’t; of those that do, most of them end up on a table outside my office door, marked “Free—Help Yourselves” (maybe these books, lost on me, will find readers among my students); others make me feel like writing about them—usually, though not always, because I’ve liked them. Here are eleven books that made it through the mail, out of their envelopes, and all the way into my mind, where they’ve set up shop.

Originally Published: December 7th, 2010