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Entropy's Best Poetry Books of 2018 Include Saretta Morgan, Brandon Shimoda, Anne Waldman, More

By Harriet Staff

Entropy released its much-anticipated list, "Best of 2018: Best of Poetry Books & Poetry Collections," this week. In no particular order, titles include Trickster Feminism, by Anne Waldman (Penguin Poets); Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN/Radical WRITING, edited by Erica Hunt & Dawn Lundy Martin (Kore Press); Feeling Upon Arrival, by Saretta Morgan (Ugly Duckling Presse); The Desert, by Brandon Shimoda (The Song Cave), and more. If you don't yet know about the latter:

Brandon Shimoda’s THE DESERT, a sequel to his William Carlos Williams Award-winning book EVENING ORACLE, guides us deep into, and then back out of, a rich yet desolate North American landscape. Divided into seven sections—featuring poems, letters, diary entries, and photographs—the desert’s multiplicity emerges through a ranging exploration of its Japanese American incarceration sites, homeless population, flora and fauna, violence, beauty, and how they combine to reflect this poet’s contemporary view of history. Written over three years in the deserts of Arizona, the poet introduces us to the souls of the living and dead, their shadows still residing over the landscape and its mythology.

Find all 2018 Entropy community picks for best poetry right here.

Originally Published: December 6th, 2018