14 Poets for 2014: The Year’s Best Books of Poetry

The Philadelphia Review of Books

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Backup Singers (Birds, LLC)
by Sommer Browning

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Sorrow Arrow (Octopus Books)
by Emily Kendall Frey

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In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987-2011 (Wesleyan)
by Peter Gizzi

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Wet Land (Action Books)
by Lucas de Lima

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You’re Going to Miss Me When You’re Bored (Barrelhouse)
by Justin Marks

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Thing Music (Wave Books)
by Anthony McCann

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Nulls (Horse Less Press)
by Pattie McCarthy

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The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions)
by Fred Moten

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Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf)
by Claudia Rankine

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Space Between These Lines Not Dedicated (ixnay press)
by Frank Sherlock

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Wastoid (Big Lucks)
by Mathias Svalina

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You Da One (Coconut Books)
by Jennifer Tamayo

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Ultramegaprarieland (Bloof Books)
by Elisabeth Workman

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The Earth Avails (Graywolf)
by Mark Wunderlich

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Amorak Huey on Writing Funny

The Sundress Blog

A FOOT WALKS INTO A BAR. BARTENDER SAYS, “HEY, ARE YOU A FOOT?” FOOT SAYS, “YES, IAMB.”

For openers, a peeve: It’s highly annoying when poetry reviewers seek to praise the poetry in question by insulting other poetry.

In Sunday’s New York Times Book Review, Patricia Lockwood’s Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals drew the following blurb as an editor’s choice: “Lockwood offers a collection at once angrier, and more fun, more attuned to our time and more bizarre, than most poetry can ever get.” I like Lockwood’s poetry, I’m happy to see it earning mainstream attention, and I do find it generally fun, angry, bizarre, attuned to our time. But she’s certainly not the only poet to whose work these labels apply.

When I see such sweeping declarations, I tend to think the reviewer probably hasn’t read much poetry since that Intro to Lit survey back in sophomore year, and is…

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