Class Library

To gently misquote Mark Twain, the reports of poetry’s death are greatly exaggerated. Here is a short list of only a few of the outstanding poetry collections published in English in the last few years. Take your time, browse through the list, and pick a book that appeals to you.

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John Ashbery, Breezeway[/row_column]

Frank Bidart, Metaphysical Dog[/row_column]
[row_column]Brown_New Testament

Jericho Brown, The New Testament[/row_column]

[row_column]Headwaters Pbk.indd

Ellen Bryant Voigt, Headwaters[/row_column]

David Ferry, Bewilderment[/row_column]
[row_column]Finney_Head Off and Split

Nikky Finney, Head Off and Split[/row_column]


[row_column]Gluck_Faithful and Virtuous Night

Louise Glück, Faithful and Virtuous Night[/row_column]

Jorie Graham, Place[/row_column]
[row_column]Hayes_How to Be Drawn

Terrance Hayes, How to Be Drawn[/row_column]


[row_column]Olds_Stags Leap

Sharon Olds, Stag’s Leap[/row_column]

Gregory Pardlo, Digest[/row_column]

Cathy Park Hong, Engine Empire[/row_column]

Carl Phillips, Silverchest[/row_column]

Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric[/row_column]
[row_column]Ruefle_Trances of the Blast

Mary Ruefle, Trances of the Blast[/row_column]


[row_column]Seshadri_3 Sections

Vijay Seshadri, 3 Sections[/row_column]

[row_column]Shaugnessy_Our Andromeda

Brenda Shaughnessy, Our Andromeda[/row_column]
[row_column]Smith_Life on Mars

Tracy K. Smith, Life on Mars[/row_column]



Mary Szybist, Incarnadine[/row_column]
[row_column]Trethewey_Native Guard

Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard[/row_column]

[row_column]Young_Fall Higher

Dean Young, Fall Higher[/row_column]

[row_column]Young_Book of Hours

Kevin Young, Book of Hours[/row_column]

My thanks to Richie Hofmann for his help in putting the class library together.