Poetry of 2022


We’re excited to share this year-end roundup of poetry anthologies, chapbooks, and full-length collections published in 2022 by independent literary publishers! (Read our year-end roundups for fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, and art and drama as well.)

 

Poetry Anthologies

 

Bone & Marrow: An Anthology of Irish Poetry from Medieval to Modern

Wake Forest University Press | March 17, 2022

Edited by Samuel K. Fisher and Brian Ó Conchubhair, Bone & Marrow: An Anthology of Irish Poetry from Medieval to Modern “is the most inclusive and comprehensive anthology of Irish-language poetry to date.”

 

 

 

The Country Where Everyone’s Name Is Fear by Boris and Lyudmyla Khersonsky

Lost Horse Press | April 15, 2022

Edited by Ilya Kaminsky and Katie Farris, these poems from Ukraine at the start of the 21st century “speak about the memory of historical trauma and witness stark individual voices that pierce through the wall of complacency.”

 

 

 

Chorale: A Poetry Anthology

Deerbrook Editions | April 26, 2022

The ten Maine writers featured in this anthology edited by Jeffrey Haste, Martin Steingesser, and Judy Tierney “investigate those profound memories that shape us throughout our lives and examine the natural world that can transform us every day.”

 

 

 

Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology

Autumn House Press | May 11, 2022

Edited by Michael Walsh, this anthology featuring more than 200 queer writers “amplifies and centers LGBTQIA+ voices and perspectives in a collection of contemporary nature poetry.”

 

 

 

And Blue Will Rise Over Yellow: An International Poetry Anthology for Ukraine

Kallisto Gaia Press | December 6, 2022

According to Ilya Kaminsky, this anthology—edited by John Bradley—”shows us that human spirit survives, in the midst of bombardments, facing death, there is a voice that cannot be taken away, a voice that joins the chorus of other voices, across the globe.”

 

 

 

 

Poetry Chapbooks

 

The Body Has Memories by Adrienne Danyelle Oliver

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

In this debut chapbook, Oliver “is very aware that the act of remembering is a much greater collective process. It is the historical dialogues among the ancestors and the living.”

 

 

 

Changeable Gods by Richard Wollman

Slate Roof Press | March 1, 2022

Wollman’s poetry collection “compels the reader through a sequence of beautifully imagistic love poems, in which the changing hues of early morning and the gods themselves emerge and recede.”

 

 

 

I Have Seen the Bluest Blue by Natalee Cruz

Ugly Duckling Presse | March 15, 2022

In this debut poetry chapbook, Cruz “uses loose translations and manipulated language to tell the story of a step-mother’s deportation and a father’s heaviness without her.”

 

 

 

Hey Girl, Are You in the Experimental Group? by Shareen K. Murayama

Harbor Editions | April 8, 2022

According to Arielle Greenberg, Murayama “explores the complex notions of the model minority and privilege and their bearing on Asian-American identity.”

 

 

 

The most beautiful garden by Nikita Rimal Sharma

Yellow Arrow Publishing | April 12, 2022

In this poetry chapbook, Sharma “walks us through the people, places, and experiences that shaped her becoming.”

 

 

 

The Optimist Shelters in Place by Kimberly Ann Priest

Harbor Editions | April 14, 2022

According to Lisa Fay Coutley, Priest “embraces love and grief through the lens of collective tragedy and the lived experience of a woman alone, attempting to steady self by tending plants and to-do lists and maintaining bonds with her grown kids over FaceTime.”

 

 

 

I Wear My Face in the Field by Ryan Downum

Dream Pop Press | April 26, 2022

According to Johannes Göransson, “this frighteningly assured, sharp-aimed little book of animal poems gets at the weirdness of nature.”

 

 

 

BLUE 4 U by Nicholas Teixeira

Dream Pop Press | April 26, 2022

Jennifer Hasegawa says, “The poems in BLUE 4 U are a journey through a shape-shifting house of dream, risk, and longing.”

 

 

 

A Song by the Aegean Sea by Mohamed Metwalli

Translated from Arabic by Gretchen McCullough

Laertes Books | May 17, 2022

According to Jennifer Horne, Metwalli’s poems “are set in the ancient coastal city of Izmir and peopled by lovers, tourists, fishermen, prostitutes, construction workers, musicians, gypsies, card players, lunatics, and ghosts.”

 

 

 

If Rust Can Grow on the Moon by Joan Kwon Glass

Milk & Cake Press | June 1, 2022

If Rust Can Grow on the Moon is a “brave recounting of addiction and recovery through unsparingly direct language and vivid vignettes.”

 

 

 

Novel by Cati Porter

Bamboo Dart Press | June 10, 2022

The poems in this collection “will lead you across a bridge made of bread, through a door in the forest, to a paddock containing stories.”

 

 

 

Weight by Fran Schumer

Choeofpleirn Press | July 8, 2022

In this poetry chapbook, Schumer “explores several epiphanic moments, from learning what her weight would be on other planets and the sun to realizing that love, even the unconditional kind, can be painful.”

 

 

 

when the daffodils die by Darah Schillinger

Yellow Arrow Publishing | July 12, 2022

In this debut poetry collection, Schillinger explores “young love, a mother’s love, self-love, spiritual love, all-encompassing love.”

 

 

 

City Slicker by Stephanie Barbé Hammer

Bamboo Dart Press | July 15, 2022

In this poetry collection, Barbé Hammer “runs in and out of sprinklers in a Manhattan playground, picks up a slug by accident in the Cascades, reads about sequoia on 5th avenue, make an uncomfortable journey to the Hôpital américain in Paris, strolls a surprisingly sensual Geneva Switzerland at 2 am,” and more.

 

 

 

Orbital Debris by Amy Lerman

Choeofpleirn Press | July 15, 2022

Lerman’s poetry chapbook was selected by Laura Read as winner of the Jonathan Holden Poetry Chapbook Contest.

 

 

 

The Future Perfect: A Fugue by Eric Pankey

Tupelo Press | August 1, 2022

Winner of the Snowbound Chapbook Award, this long polyphonic poem is, according to John Yau, “an intricate work of decisive oscillation, of tender and careful attention shifting swiftly and precisely between the infinitesimal and the vast.”

 

 

 

Dearth & God’s Green Mirth by Cody-Rose Clevidence

Fonograf Editions | August 9, 2022

The two projects in this chapbook “discard formalisms—even their own—to investigate the relationship between the space of the whole universe and god.”

 

 

 

Missing Shaun by Thomas R. Thomas

Bamboo Dart Press | August 10, 2022

According to Alexis Rhone Fancher, “Thomas has created a loving tribute to his son Shaun, whose cut-short life is both mourned and celebrated in this exquisite, moving collection.”

 

 

 

She, Self-Winding by Luu Dieu Van

Ugly Duckling Presse | September 15, 2022

This collection explores “the trajectory of an immigrant girl from a remote village who endures the aftermath of a civil war as she makes her escape by boat, leaves behind a home country, copes with domestic violence and abuse as a teenager, and grows up in a democratic Western society as a woman forming her own social and sexual paradigms, all in times of incredulity.”

 

 

 

space neon neon space by luna rey hall

Variant Literature | September 17, 2022

In this poetry collection, “gender is transformed and painted in the brightest lavender, and the speaker must learn to escape the societal violence of labeling anything they fear enough to try and contain.”

 

 

 

COMRADE by Daniel Liu

fifth wheel press | October 7, 2022

COMRADE is a poetry chapbook “tracing a queer personal history and interrogating a relationship between a father and his son as immigrants in a new country.”

 

 

 

Gazing Down on It by Lauren de Sá Naylor

Ugly Duckling Presse | October 15, 2022

This poetry chapbook is “a collection of dream narratives, of language as weapon or prayer, compiled in the plague year of 2020.”

 

 

 

Hush by Nikki Ummel

Belle Point Press | October 25, 2022

In this poetry chapbook, “whether confronting the reality of a sick sister, recalling traumatic experiences, or wandering the streets of New Orleans, Hush hums with a tenderness that stays with you long after the lights go out.”

 

 

 

Why Misread a Cloud by Emily Carlson 

Tupelo Press | November 1, 2022

This poetry chapbook is both “an exploration of the mind’s ability to turn what is into something else, in order to survive, and the mind’s ability to resist the effects of psychosocial warfare—imposed by the military and the police.”

 

 

 

Where the Men Come From by N. W. Downs

fifth wheel press | November 4, 2022

Where the Men Come From is a poetry chapbook “exploring religion’s conflict with the queer body, asking whether either of them remain sacred after [god] has been called in to account for his actions.”

 

 

 

The Alpinist Searches Lonely Places by Kyle Vaughn

Belle Point Press | November 9, 2022

In this poetry chapbook, “Vaughn is speaking to someone who shifts as quickly as the locations of these poems.”

 

 

 

Bird/Diz [an erased history of be-bop] by Warren C. Longmire

BUNNY/Fonograf Editions | November 15, 2022

This erasure chapbook “navigates the personal and artistic lives of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie through the author’s own roving imagination.”

 

 

 

Leaving Earth by DJ Hills

Split Rock Press | November 16, 2022

The poems in this chapbook “are meditations on the slippery, intangible notion of home.”

 

 

 

 

Autobiography by Rebecca Macijeski

Split Rock Press | November 16, 2022

Macijeski’s poetry chapbook is “a celebration of the experience of discovering, recovering, and re-envisioning the self.”

 

 

 

Listening for Low Tide by James P. Cooper

Choeofpleirn Press | November 19, 2022

Listening for Low Tide is a collection of twenty-five poems “set in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Northern Ireland, with references as well to Montana, England and Adak, Alaska.”

 

 

 

lunduzinho by Tatiana Nascimento

Translated from the Portuguese by Natália Affonso

Ugly Duckling Presse | December 15, 2022

According to Akilah White, “lunduzinho is tatiana nascimento’s living testament, demiurgic engine, and praise poem to the boundless possibilities inherent in a queer Afro-Brazilian poetical philosophy.”

 

 

 

OUTSIDE TEXTS by Eleonora Requena

Translated from the Spanish by Guillermo Parra

Ugly Duckling Presse | December 15, 2022

Textos por fuera / Outside Texts is “a collection of poems that question themselves, the Spanish language, the poetic self, and the author’s personal geographies within and beyond Venezuela and Argentina.”

 

 

 

IT GOT SO DARK by Benjamin Krusling

Ugly Duckling Presse | December 15, 2022

According to Simone White, Krusling’s writing “is sensitive, skittish, seems to have no proper skin; its unmediated effects are both intoxicating and mystifying.”

 

 

Poetry Collections

 

Love Letter to Who Owns the Heavens by Corey Van Landingham

Tupelo Press | January 1, 2022

This poetry collection “considers the way that the absence of touch—in acts of war via the drone, in acts of love via the sext, in aesthetics itself—abstracts the human body, transforming it into a proxy for the real.”

 

 

 

The Lantern Room by Chloe Honum

Tupelo Press | January 1, 2022

According to Allison Titus, The Lantern Room “is stunning and harrowing, built of poems that interrogate the wound of grief, the wound of love, and insist on asking an impossible question.”

 

 

 

White Bull by Elizabeth Hughey

Sarabande Books | January 4, 2022

Winner of the 2020 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry judged by Alberto Ríos, this poetry collection is “composed entirely of words taken from the letters and public statements of the notorious segregationist Bull Connor.”

 

 

 

 

Bamboophobia by Ko Ko Thett

Zephyr Press | January 4, 2022

Presented bilingually in Burmese and English, these poems by Ko Ko Thett “bring oddball lists, linguistic inventiveness, and sardonic humor to the brutal contradictions of life and history in and outside of his native Burma.”

 

 

 

Complete Poems by Jim Harrison

Copper Canyon Press | January 11, 2022

Introduced by Terry Tempest Williams, this collection “contains every poem Harrison published over his fifty-year career and displays his wide range of poetic styles and forms.”

 

 

 

Shaking the Persimmon Tree by Marc Woodward

Sea Crow Press | January 17, 2022

In his new collection, Woodward “writes of time spent in Italy, India and elsewhere, as well as drawing from the rural environment of his home in Devon, England.”

 

 

 

 

All I See Is Your Glinting: 90 Days in the Pandemic by Gianna Russo

Madville Publishing | January 18, 2022

This dialogue between Russo’s poems and photographs by Jenny Carey “documents each day of the last quarter of 2020.”

 

 

 

The Tradition: Civic Dialogue Edition by Jericho Brown

Copper Canyon Press | January 25, 2022

In this special edition of the Pulitzer Prize–winning poetry collection, which includes a discussion guide and an interview with the author, readers “are invited to participate in an urgent dialogue—sparked by poetry—about what it means to be human.”

 

 

 

The Many Deaths of Inocencio Rodriguez by Iliana Rocha

Tupelo Press | February 1, 2022

This collection “chronicles an obsession with the 1971 unsolved murder of Rocha’s grandfather while interrogating the true crime genre, tabloid culture, immigrant identity, the phenomena of missing and murdered women, troubled relationships with law enforcement, and the intersection of prose and poetry.”

 

 

 

ABC Moonlight by Ben Estes

The Song Cave | February 1, 2022

Estes’s “achingly personal second collection unfolds to reveal an uncer­tain past, present, and future that is by turns mysterious and beautiful.”

 

 

 

Poetry Is Life: Writing with Yellow Arrow

Yellow Arrow Publishing | February 1, 2022

Poetry Is Life: Writing with Yellow Arrow is a collection of prompts and poems by Ann Quinn and eight poets from Quinn’s monthly workshop sponsored by Yellow Arrow Publishing.

 

 

 

The King’s Touch: Poems by Tom Sleigh

Graywolf Press | February 1, 2022

The poems in Sleigh’s new collection “are charged with a powerful sense of premonition, as if the future is unfolding before us, demanding something greater than the self.”

 

 

 

Down the Foggy Streets of My Mind-Portal to Dissociation by Kelliane Parker

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

Parker’s poetry collection “is an ode to those of us who live with Dissociative Disorders such as PTSD and DID” and “an unapologetic anthem for survivors of sexual violence to rid themselves of being shamed and blamed in silence.”

 

 

 

fool[ishly optimistic] by Katie Aliféris

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

This poetry collection is “a deep-dive into soul-shaking, life-changing love” and “an invitation to own, honor, and process the truths of our bravest and most beautiful feelings of the heart.”

 

 

 

Hell/a Mexican by Kevin Madrigal Galindo

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

“An appreciation of the tragicomedy that is existing on American soil with foreign roots,” this poetry collection explores “the boundless experience of living and learning through your identity.”

 

 

 

Hello Joy by Jarvis Subia

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

Subia’s poetry collection is “an ode to all the simple moments of pleasure that pull us back to the shoreline, that despite our surmounting darkness will always and inevitably find our joy again.”

 

 

 

Hot Thicket by Cassandra Rockwood Ghanem

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

According to Kimi Sugioka, this poetry collection “succeeds by exposing and deposing the violation of the feminine that permeates our personal and societal mythologies.”

 

 

 

Loss and the Other Rivers that Devour by Gustavo Barahona-López

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

In this poetry collection, Barahona-López “struggles with and is shaped by loss and its many hauntings: toxic masculinity, colonial erasures of language and heritage, and the legacy of the United States’ xenophobic immigration policies.”

 

 

 

Phoenix Song by LD Green

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

Green’s poetry collection “has many recurring themes—non-binary gender, queer and bi+ sexuality, and childhood and psychiatric trauma.”

 

 

 

Plans by Dee Allen

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

This poetry collection “examines through verse uncontrolled corporate power and executives’ need for more at our Earth’s expense.”

 

 

 

REVENGE BODY by Caleb Luna

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

REVENGE BODY “traces moments in the aftermath of survival and rebuilding toward a more livable future for survivors.”

 

 

 

Voodoo Libretto: New and Selected Poems by Tim Seibles

Etruscan Press | February 15, 2022

Seibles’s latest poetry collection “is in many ways a book of memories, a chronicle of both the personal and the political sensibility of a black baby-boomer.”

 

 

 

Desgraciado: (The Collected Letters) by Angel Dominguez

Nightboat Books | February 15, 2022

The epistolary poems in this collection “exorcise and explore the material violence and generational trauma of colonization and systemic racism stored within queer Latinx memory.”

 

 

 

The World That the Shooter Left Us by Cyrus Cassells

Four Way Books | February 15, 2022

Cassells “explores, in his most fearless book to date, the brutality, bigotry, and betrayal at the heart of current America.”

 

 

 

Paradise by Victoria Redel

Four Way Books | February 15, 2022

In this poetry collection, Redel “interrogates the idea of paradise within the historical context of borders, exile, and diaspora that brought us to the present global migration crisis.”

 

 

 

Hotel Oblivion by Cynthia Cruz

Four Way Books | February 15, 2022

Cruz’s poetry collection “chronicles the subject’s repeated attempts at locating an exit from capitalist society via acts of negative freedom and through engagement with the death drive, whose aim is complete destruction in order to begin all over again.”

 

 

 

Aunt Bird by Yerra Sugarman

Four Way Books | February 15, 2022

Aunt Bird is “an astonishing, hybrid poetry of witness that observes and testifies to social, political, and historical realities through the recovery of one life silenced by the past.”

 

 

 

PLEASURE by Angelo Nikolopoulos

Four Way Books | February 15, 2022

Nikolopoulos’s PLEASURE is “a book-length poem which muses on the phenomenology of solitude in a pastoral landscape, written in a diaristic, lyric mode, where the queer ‘I’ alternately savors the decadence of isolation and stands at the precipice of despair.”

 

 

 

indecent hours by James Fujinami Moore

Four Way Books | February 15, 2022

In this debut poetry collection, “sensual, political, and imagined worlds collide, tracing a history of diaspora and trauma that asks: what do we do in the aftermath of violence, and why do we long to inflict it?”

 

 

 

Midflight by David Corcoran

Four Way Books | February 15, 2022

This posthumous collection gathers “the poems written by beloved science editor and journalist David Corcoran in the latter part of his life.”

 

 

 

Headless John the Baptist Hitchhiking by C. T. Salazar

Acre Books | February 15, 2022

In this debut poetry collection, “the speaker is situated in the tradition of Southern literature but reimagines its terrain with an eye on the South’s historic and ongoing violence.”

 

 

 

Systems Thinking with Flowers by Krystal Languell

Fonograf Editions | February 15, 2022

In two sections, this poetry collection “chronicles the complex emotional gymnastics required for existence in male-dominated and colonialist environments, such as professional sports, museums, and other institutions.”

 

 

 

No Time for Death by Harris Gardner

Červená Barva Press | February 16, 2022

Gardner’s fourth poetry collection “is divided into three sections: An Argument with Time; Contemplating Mortality Instead of My Navel; and Negotiating for An Afterlife.”

 

 

 

On Earth As It Is by Michael Todd Steffen

Červená Barva Press | February 20, 2022

This poetry collection “upholds the wonders of life on our lonely blue planet, bringing new inflections to the voice of eco-poetry, while formal and topical surprise from poem to poem defies genre.”

 

 

 

Ultramarine by Wayne Koestenbaum

Nightboat Books | February 22, 2022

Ultramarine “distills four years of Koestenbaum’s trance notebooks (2015–2019) into a series of tightly-sewn collage-poems, filled with desiring bodies, cultural touchstones, and salty memories.”

 

 

 

Tanto Tanto by Marina Carreira

CavanKerry Press | March 1, 2022

This poetry collection “highlights two queer daughters of immigrants and the struggles they face in a romantic relationship in the presence of oppressive, culturally sanctioned heteronormativity.”

 

 

 

Before The Dark Comes  by Arturo Mantecón

Nomadic Press | March 1, 2022

In this poetry collection written under the pseudonym José Primitivo Charlevoix, “Arturo Mantecón, translator and bibliophile, chances upon a strange leather-bound book found in a vast private library.”

 

 

 

Crow Funeral by Kate Hanson Foster

EastOver Press | March 8, 2022

According to Kristin Hersh, “Foster’s world is a beautiful barn, a frightening mind, and a shimmering street. A timeless America.”

 

 

 

Cane | Fire by Shani Mootoo

Book*hug Press | March 15, 2022

In this poetry collection, “akin to a poetic memoir, past and present are in conversation with each other as the narrator moves from Ireland to San Fernando, and finally to Canada.”

 

 

 

The Support Verses: Earliest Sayings of the Buddha

Translated from Pali and Sanskrit by Christopher Carter Sanderson

Sagging Meniscus | March 15, 2022

In this translation of The Dhammapada, Sanderson “aims to artistically transmit the essence of Buddha’s sayings in a form useful for meditation.”

 

 

 

Heartbreak Tree by Pauletta Hansel

Madville Publishing | March 15, 2022

Hansel’s poetry collection is “a poetic exploration of the intersection of gender and place in Appalachia.”

 

 

 

The Azure Cloister by Carlos Germán Belli

Translated from the Spanish by Karl Maurer

Swan Isle Press | March 15, 2022

Belli’s poetry collection “tempers a dark, ironic vision of worldly injustice with the ‘red midnight sun’ of hope.”

 

 

 

Palm-Lined with Potience by Basie Allen

Ugly Duckling Presse | March 15, 2022

Allen’s debut poetry collection is “by turns political and lyrical, charting both physical and emotional landscapes, making maps of paintings and paintings of maps.”

 

 

 

Behind the Tree Backs by Iman Mohammed

Translated from Swedish by Jennifer Hayashida

Ugly Duckling Presse | March 15, 2022

This poetry collection “excavates war and displacement through a constellation of animate memories carved out of deep pleasure as well as brutality, the ancient and the institutional, the everyday and the geopolitical.”

 

 

 

A Half-Life by David S. Cho

CavanKerry Press | March 21, 2022

The poems in this collection “use the literal metaphor of the highway as an intersecting ‘half-life’ point of America, Asia, and the globe to portray journeys from the Korean and Vietnam War eras to current times.”

 

 

 

The Sun of Always by Liliana Ancalao

Translated from Spanish by Seth Michelson

Eulalia Books | March 22, 2022

Published trilingually in Mapudunzun, Spanish, and English, this poetry collection is “a reckoning and interrogation of the narrative of the benevolent (Western/-minded) naturalist.”

 

 

 

This Could Take Some Time by Clara Muschietti

Translated from Spanish by Curtis Bauer

Eulalia Books | March 22, 2022

According to Robin Myers, “Muschietti’s poems have the immediacy of photographs, but also their disquiet: they present themselves candidly to the reader before revealing, bit by bit, their strangeness, their secluded disturbances, their expressive shadows, even their humor.”

 

 

 

i take your voice by Marina Blitshteyn

Switchback Books | March 23, 2022

Winner of the 2021 Gatewood Prize, selected by Joy Priest, this book-length poem “reaches towards bridging languages and generations, mother and daughter, both of whom are given unfiltered voice.”

 

 

 

let the dead in by Saida Agostini

Alan Squire Publishing | March 26, 2022 

Agostini’s debut collection “is an exploration of the mythologies that seek to subjugate Black bodies, and the counter-stories that reject such subjugation.”

 

 

 

Small Craft by Janet Edmonds

Sea Crow Press | March 29, 2022

The poems in Edmonds’s collection “immerse themselves in the glittering, turbulent waters of Cape Cod to see what can be salvaged and salvage what can be seen.”

 

 

 

 

The Birthday of the Dead by Rachel Abramowitz

Conduit Books & Ephemera | March 31, 2022

In this poetry collection, Abramowitz “sings of our fallen world, its forgotten seedpods and smoldering fires, and the terrible, steaming coats of ancient wolves, unearthed from glacier-melt.”

 

 

 

Out of Order by Alexis Sears

Autumn House Press | March 31, 2022

In her debut poetry collection, Sears “navigates the challenges of growing out of girlhood and into womanhood with its potential dangers, interrogating the male gaze, beauty standards, and confidence and identity.”

 

 

 

City Scattered by Tyler Mills

Tupelo Press | April 1, 2022

According to Cole Swensen, City Scattered “offers a range of spliced voices that construct a multi-perspectival musing on ‘the new woman’ as she emerged in the labor and consumer culture of Germany between the wars.”

 

 

 

April at the Ruins by Lawrence Raab

Tupelo Press | April 1, 2022

Donald Revell says, “This is a book of summonings: into the dark wood; into the night music which might be, if memory proves to be something other than an abyss, the frontier of eternity.”

 

 

 

Today in the Taxi by Sean Singer

Tupelo Press | April 1, 2022

According to Laurie Sheck, “Sean Singer’s radiant and challenging body of work involves, much like Whitman’s, nothing less than the ongoing interrogation of what a poem is.”

 

 

 

Star Lake by Arda Collins

The Song Cave | April 1, 2022

Collins’s second book of poems is “a deeply personal collection that explores the ways our notions of daily life touch the presence of the eternal.”

 

 

 

All the Stars Aflame by Malik Abduh

Get Fresh Books Publishing | April 1, 2022

In his debut poetry collection, Abduh “relates the brutal legacy of U.S. racial violence, including lynchings, riots, uprisings, & political assassinations, told in the voices of those who experienced these tragedies firsthand.”

 

 

 

A Mouthful of Sky by Anu Mahadev 

Get Fresh Books Publishing | April 1, 2022

According to Sarah Vap, in this poetry collection “sensual and sexual pleasures, joys, and freedoms are woven together with gendered inequities, misogyny, and cruelty.”

 

 

 

Receta by Mario José Pagán Morales

great weather for MEDIA | April 4, 2022

This debut collection “is a story of becoming a poet. This poet. Boricua and part of a proud tradition of Nuyorican poets before and around him.”

 

 

 

Lunar Tides by Shannon Webb-Campbell

Book*hug Press | April 4, 2022

The poems in this collection “explore the primordial connections between love, grief, and water, structured within the lunar calendar.”

 

 

 

Bags and Tools by Michael Fleming

Green Writers Press | April 4, 2022

Vievee Francis writes, “Fleming effectively uses the tools of craft to take us along on this narrow path that widens and promises to open into broad understanding.”

 

 

 

Content Warning: Everything by Akwaeke Emezi

Copper Canyon Press | April 5, 2022

The poems in this collection “travel from home to homesickness, tracing desire to surrender and abuse to survival, while mapping out a chosen family that includes the son of god, mary auntie, and magdalene with the chestnut eyes.”

 

 

 

Against Heaven by Kemi Alabi

Graywolf Press | April 5, 2022

According to Franny Choi, “With abundant sonics, formal virtuosity, and a rigorous queer erotic, Alabi proves that every inheritance can be both wound and portal.”

 

 

 

Epilogue by Frederick Morgan

Red Hen Press | April 5, 2022

In these poems, Morgan “explores the discovery, or recovery, of the true Self—the Self that abides within and survives the changes of time, memory, and circumstance.”

 

 

 

Mausoleum of Flowers by Daniel B. Summerhill

CavanKerry Press | April 5, 2022

Summerhill’s second poetry collection “grabs fate by the throat and confronts it, placing the focus on what it means to live despite your friends dying beside you.”

 

 

 

Cartoon Logic, Cartoon Violence by Alexus Erin

Baobab Press | April 5, 2022

This poetry collection “is a meditation on being a creator while feeling utterly like a caricature—a cartoon, an exaggeration, an actualization of a metaphor.”

 

 

 

How Chet Baker Died by Barry Gifford

Seven Stories Press | April 5, 2022

In his latest collection, Gifford surprises “his readers in kaleidoscopic prisms of color, turning every breath into a story, and himself into his most colorful character.”

 

 

 

Fish Carcass by Vi Khi Nao

Black Sun Lit | April 5, 2022

This poetry collection “is a pointillist portrait that catalogs a tripartite digestion process of being-in-the-world.”

 

 

 

After Beowulf by Nicole Markotić

Coach House Books | April 5, 2022

According to Wayde Compton, “Markotić takes the original English-language epic and reprocesses it. That is, she rereads, rewrites, reimagines, rethinks, and retells it, all at the same time.”

 

 

 

Heady Bloom by Andrew Faulkner

Coach House Books | April 5, 2022

This poetry collection explores “Faulkner’s world of the never-ending, low-grade headache, a medical issue resolved only by striking up a committed relationship with the slippery miracle that is Advil.”

 

 

 

Useful Junk by Erika Meitner

BOA Editions | April 5, 2022

In her latest collection of poems, Meitner “explores memory, passion, and the various ways the body sees and is seen.”

 

 

 

And Those Ashen Heaps That Cantilevered Vase of Moonlight by Lynn Xu

Wave Books | April 5, 2022

Xu’s book-length poem is “part protest against reality, part metaphysical reckoning, part internationale for the world-historical surrealist insurgency, and part arte povera for the wretched of the earth.”

 

 

 

Copy by Dolores Dorantes

Translated from Spanish by Robin Myers

Wave Books | April 5, 2022

Copy is “a prose poem sequence that insinuates an experience of violent removal: a person’s disappearance from a country, from normal life, and forcible reintegration into a new social and existential configuration.”

 

 

 

Plenitude by Daniel Sarah Karasik

Book*hug Press | April 7, 2022

This poetry collection “cartwheels towards a world that might be: a world without cops or bosses, without prisons, without oppressive regulation of gender and desire.”

 

 

 

Gossypiin by Ra Malika Imhotep

Red Hen Press | April 12, 2022

In these poems, Imhotep “invites us to lean in and listen good as the text interrupts the narrative silence around sexual harm, sickness, and the marks they make on black femme subjectivity.”

 

 

 

Drive by Elaine Sexton

Grid Books | April 12, 2022

In Drive, Sexton “explores our most fragile points of connection—to lovers and family, to the living and the dead, and to oneself, one’s own life’s work—with the care and wisdom of one who knows these roads.”

 

 

 

Stricken: Poems in the Time of Covid by Gail Gauldin Moore

Deerbrook Editions | April 12, 2022

Moore’s latest poetry collection “takes us to the deepest places grief can touch inside our lives.”

 

 

 

Initial Coordinates by Monika Herceg

Translated from Croatian by Marina Veverec

Sandorf Passage | April 12, 2022

According to Miljenko Jergović, this is “the first and the last book of the new Croatian poetry.”

 

 

 

Whitemud Walking by Matthew James Weigel

Coach House Books | April 12, 2022

Whitemud Walking is “an Indigenous resistance historiography, poetry that interrogates the colonial violence of the archive.”

 

 

 

Two Brown Dots by Danni Quintos

BOA Editions | April 12, 2022

Selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil as the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, this poetry collection “carves a space for brown girls and weird girls.”

 

 

 

Elixir by Lewis Warsh

Ugly Duckling Presse | April 15, 2022

According to Anne Waldman, Elixir is “a multi-personaed action movie, a love poem, a trip down memory lane, a Kulchur lexicon, an ode to NYC and tribute to exotic ports everywhere.”

 

 

 

Dream Bridge by Oleh Lysheha

Translated from Ukrainian by Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps

Lost Horse Press | April 15, 2022

The tenth volume in the Lost Horse Press Contemporary Ukrainian Poetry Series, Dream Bridge “leads us down an invisible path that keeps shifting, transforming us and our ideas of poetry.”

 

 

 

In Memory of a Banyan Tree: Poems of the Outside World: 1985-2022 by Michael Rothenburg

Lost Horse Press | April 15, 2022

This selection of Rothenburg’s poetry features “poems relating to nature, ecology, and eco-poetics… a watershed account of an intimate relationship with the outside world.”

 

 

 

Three Wooden Trunks by Virlana Tkacz

Lost Horse Press | April 15, 2022

Three Wooden Trunks is a collection of poems “about memory and the poet’s Ukrainian roots, and of the poet’s family’s pursuit of a sweeter, easier life in America.”

 

 

 

I Wore This Dress Today for You, Mom by Kim Dower

Red Hen Press | April 19, 2022

This book collects Dower’s “poems on being a mother—childbirth to empty nest—as well as being a daughter with all the teenaged messiness, drama and conflict, to finally caring for one’s mother suffering from dementia.”

 

 

 

Opera Buffa by Tomaž Šalamun

Translated from Slovenian by Matthew Moore

Black Ocean | April 19, 2022

According to Alen Hamza, “Opera Buffa stuns the reader with its imaginative flair, energetic wit, and existential reach.”

 

 

 

Casual Conversation by Renia White

BOA Editions | April 19, 2022

White’s debut poetry collection “strikes up a conversation, considering what’s being said, what isn’t, and where it all comes from.”

 

 

 

Watermark by Jeff Hardin

Madville Publishing | April 19, 2022

Hardin’s poems “invite us to wake to the mystery all around us, to time’s revelatory unfolding, and to how our minds might find healing, if not communion, if only we listened intently enough.”

 

 

 

Of Mineral by Tiff Dressen

Nightboat Books | April 19, 2022

Of Mineral is “a collection of lyric meditations cultivated from a deeply personal experience of the natural world, synthesizing the poet’s experiences of the elemental and ephemeral; presence and place.”

 

 

 

Now Do You Know Where You Are by Dana Levin

Copper Canyon Press| April 19, 2022

Levin’s fifth collection “is a brave and perceptive companion, walking with the reader through the disorientations of personal and collective transformation.”

 

 

 

Fixed Stars by Marisa Siegel

Burrow Press | April 22, 2022

In this poetry collection, Siegel “investigates the in-between: windows, porches, drawers, bedrooms, and basements are portals to examine how language shapes and is shaped, and to what ends.”

 

 

 

The Dark Safekeeping by Gloria Nixon-John

Mayapple Press | April 22, 2022

According to Terry Bohnhorst Blackhawk, in these poems Nixon-John is “elegantly observant of the natural world (as gardener, horsewoman, admirer or rescuer of all manner of wildlife).”

 

 

 

Cat’s Tongue by Kathleen Winter

Texas Review Press | April 22, 2022

In her latest poetry collection, Winter “engages with incidents in her Texas youth that range from traumatic to ecstatic—strewing oilfields, deer, drug dealers, and football games in between.”

 

 

 

new mythologies by Kym Cunningham

Dream Pop Press | April 26, 2022

According to Candice Wuehle, this poetry collection “reads like an ancient text encoded with secret wisdom, tacit  magics, and the body’s truths.”

 

 

 

Field Notes from the Flood Zone by Heather Sellers

BOA Editions | April 26, 2022

This poetry collection is “an elegy for the two great shaping forces in a life, heartbreaking family struggle and a collective lost treasure, our stunning, singular, desecrated Florida, and all its remnant beauty.”

 

 

 

50 Things Kate Bush Taught Me About the Multiverse by Karyna McGlynn

Sarabande Books | April 26, 2022

According to Cate Marvin, these poems “are like those spectacular mixed cocktails that carry our troubles away: they are spiked with the oddest ingredients and supremely intoxicating. I love their daring, their deep-diving humor.”

 

 

 

The Trees Witness Everything by Victoria Chang

Copper Canyon Press | April 26, 2022

In this poetry collection largely composed in various Japanese syllabic forms called “wakas,” Chang “reinvigorates language by way of concentration, using constraint to illuminate and free the wild interior.”

 

 

 

 

 

American Massif by Nicholas Regiacorte

Tupelo Press | May 1, 2022

According to Christopher Salerno, in this poetry collection “Regiacorte examines with a keen intimacy both the wild and the domestic, weaving a thread from the present moment back to bygone epochs.”

 

 

 

Diaries of a Terrorist by Christopher Soto

Copper Canyon Press | May 3, 2022

This debut poetry collection “demands the abolition of policing and human caging,” emphasizing “that police violence happens not only to individuals, but to whole communities.”

 

 

 

Boat by Lisa Robertson

Coach House Books | May 3, 2022

The poems in this collection “bring fresh vehemence to Robertson’s ongoing examination of the changing shape of feminism, the male-dominated philosophical tradition, the daily forms of discourse, and the possibilities of language itself.”

 

 

 

In the River of Songs by Susan Jackson

CavanKerry Press | May 3, 2022

According to Raechel Bratnick, Jackson’s poetry collection “captures the mystical in the ordinary, making altarpieces out of the sudden moment of seeing.”

 

 

 

Plans for Sentences by Renee Gladman

Wave Books | May 3, 2022

Gladman’s latest book “blurs the distinctions between text and image, recognizing that drawing can be a form of writing, and vice versa: a generative act in which the two practices not only inform each other but propel each other into futures.”

 

 

 

Love, Lyric, and Liberation by Asantewaa Boykin

Nomadic Press | May 7, 2022

Love, Lyric, and Liberation is “a collection of reflections, epiphanies, and warnings for those who find themselves existing in the intersection of blackness, femininity, art, and resistance.”

 

 

 

Refugee by Pamela Uschuk

Red Hen Press | May 10, 2022

This poetry collection “deals with refugees of many kinds—political refugees, refugees from racism, from domestic violence, from environmental destruction and disease, specifically cancer—and their stories of cruelty and courage, hardship, and hope to overcome the most daunting of circumstances.”

 

 

 

Glyphs by Martina Reisz Newberry

Deerbrook Editions | May 10, 2022

According to Terry Wolverton, in these poems “Newberry employs a deceptively conversational tone to wield resonant insights about the spirit of nature, faith, aging and mortality, and love.”

 

 

 

Swallowed Light by Michael Wasson

Copper Canyon Press | May 10, 2022

In his debut poetry collection, Wasson “writes into the gaps left by a legacy of erasure—the wholly American fracture of colonialism—where the indigenous tongue is determined to bloom against its own vanishing.”

 

 

 

Year of the Murder Hornet by Tina Cane

Veliz Books | May 15, 2022

The poems in Cane’s new collection “navigate the uneasy terrain of the self amid an increasingly tumultuous and fragmented world.”

 

 

 

Dear Selection Committee by Melissa Studdard

JackLeg Press | May 17, 2022

The poems in this collection framed as a job application “shift among registers of loss, desire, and joy as they wrestle with issues such as climate change, addiction, modern distractions, gender presentation, religious questioning, and the nature of pain.”

 

 

 

Smoking the Bible by Chris Abani

Copper Canyon Press | May 17, 2022

Abani’s poems “reveal the personal story of two brothers—one elegizing the other—and the larger story of a man in exile: exile of geography, culture, and memory.”

 

 

 

 

Worrisome Creatures by Kate Sweeney

Madville Publishing | May 17, 2022

Worrisome Creatures is “a poetry collection of the body, of the failings of history and family.”

 

 

 

 

Thunderbird Inn by Collin Callahan

Conduit Books & Ephemera  | May 18, 2022

According to Matthew Rohrer, in this poetry collection “there is a magic to the close observation that redeems what is often squalid.”

 

 

 

Accidental Hymn by Dawn Potter

Deerbrook Editions | May 20, 2022

In this poetry collection, Potter “masterfully demonstrates how opposites can be counterparts and how poetry can rise from that tension/partnership.”

 

 

 

Event Horizon by Cate Marvin

Copper Canyon Press | May 24, 2022

Marvin’s fourth poetry collection “exists just outside of calamity” and asks, “at what point do we disappear into our experiences? How do we come out on the other side?”

 

 

 

Questions from Outer Space by Diane Thiel

Red Hen Press | May 24, 2022

This poetry collection “explores fresh and often humorous perspectives that capture the surreal quality of our swiftly changing lives on this planet.”

 

 

 

The Discarded Life by Adam Kirsch

Red Hen Press | May 31, 2022

Kirsch’s poetry collection “richly evoke a Gen X childhood in Los Angeles, exploring how our early recognitions shape our lives.”

 

 

 

 

DEAR GOD. DEAR BONES. DEAR YELLOW. by Noor Hindi

Haymarket Books | May 31, 2022

According to Zeina Hashem Beck, “Hindi’s searing poems navigate memory, violence, and inheritance with a candid and critical eye. Filled with heartache, tenderness, love, anger, and humor, they interrogate what it’s like to be woman, Palestinian, and American in today’s world.”

 

 

 

Love Poems in Quarantine by Sarah Ruhl

Copper Canyon Press | May 31, 2022

Ruhl’s latest book “is—in free verse and form, lamentation and meditation—a book of days, a survival kit for spiritual malady.”

 

 

 

Ante body by Marwa Helal

Nightboat Books | May 31, 2022

Ante body is “an incisive poetic sequence that tracks the relationship between migration and complex traumas in this unsparing critique of the unjust conditions that brought us the global pandemic.”

 

 

 

The Maybe-Bird by Jennifer Elise Foerster

The Song Cave | June 1, 2022

In this poetry collection, Foerster “uses new poetic forms and a highly conceptual framework to build these poems from myth, memory, and historical document, resurfacing Mvskoke language and story on the palimpsest of Southeastern U.S. history.”

 

 

 

The Trickster Riots by Taté Walker

Abalone Mountain Press | June 1, 2022

In this debut poetry collection, Lakota storyteller Walker “steps into the role of a contemporary trickster to continue the purposefully disruptive legacy of a cultural icon: Iktómi, the Spider.”

 

 

 

Condiments & Entrails by John Durak

Sandorf Passage | June 7, 2022

According to Stephen Fry, Durak’s poetry is “hard, sensual, clear, funny, and dazzling in its clarity and directness.”

 

 

 

 

Still Water by Jewelle Gomez

BLF Press | June 7, 2022

In this poetry collection, Gomez “contemplates her sexuality, multi-ethnic and class identities, and what it means to experience love, loss, grief, friendship, and solidarity with other women during times of political upheaval.”

 

 

 

Generations by Dante Di Stefano, William Heyen, and H. L. Hix

Etruscan Press | June 7, 2022

The third Tribus from Etruscan Press presents The Nazi Patrol by  William Heyen, How It Is That We by H. L. Hix, and Lullaby with Incendiary Device by Dante Di Stefano.

 

 

 

Metamorphoses, Book XVI by Teresa Carson

Translated from Italian by Alessandro Di Mauro

Deerbrook Editions | June 9, 2022

Presented in both English and Italian, Carson’s poetry collection seeks to question and expand the traditional definition of epic poetry: “What if the ‘epic’ or ‘heroic’ deeds are the stories of everyday life? What if Time itself becomes the protagonist and our desire to conquer Time becomes the overarching theme?”

 

 

 

The Fastening by Julie Doxsee

Black Ocean | June 14, 2022

In Doxsee’s fifth poetry collection, “bodies are soft sketches that could detonate at the pop of a flashbulb, diffuse into a cloud of vapor, or escape into a small recess with just enough space to breathe.”

 

 

 

Lives by CJ Evans

Sarabande Books | June 14, 2022

According to Victoria Chang, this poetry collection “explores and circles around, into and out of what it means to be free and alive in a world where humans insist on war and environmental destruction.”

 

 

 

Why I Cannot Take a Lover by Grace Cavalieri

Washington Writers’ Publishing House | June 14, 2022

This new edition of Grace Cavalieri’s 1975 classic collection is revised and with a new foreword by editor Caroline Bock.

 

 

 

Moving a Stone by Yam Gong

Translated from Chinese by James Shea and Dorothy Tse

Zephyr Press | June 14, 2022

Presented bilingually in Chinese and English, this poetry collection “refashions borrowed language, including English song lyrics, Cantonese wordplay, Chinese folk stories and poems, news reports, prayers, and slang.”

 

 

 

MissSettl by Kamden Ishmael Hilliard

Nightboat Books | June 14, 2022

In this debut poetry collection, “sonically vibrant, polyphonic, typographic experimentation gleefully strategizes resistance and life under white supremacist capitalism.”

 

 

 

 

Altamira by Myra Sklarew

Washington Writers’ Publishing House | June 14, 2022

In this new edition featuring a foreword by Jona Colson, Sklarew’s poems focus “on her love of science and natural history.”

 

 

 

Breaking into Air by Emily Wall

Red Hen Press | June 14, 2022

This book of poems based on collected birth stories is “a look into the story that women, for centuries, have been quietly sharing with each other.”

 

 

 

Standing Alone, Leaning Against by Jim Friedman and Dave Smith

Coverstory books | June 18, 2022

In this debut poetry collection, Friedman and Smith “bring to their work a full gamut of feelings, from grief to joy, humour to depth, sympathy and objective observation.”

 

 

 

Standard American English by Elisabeth Houston

Litmus Press | June 20, 2022

In this poetry collection, Houston “brings her readers deep into the world of baby, a persona she has been developing in performance contexts for nearly a decade.”

 

 

 

Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina by Dara Barrois/Dixon

Wave Books | June 21, 2022

The poems in Barrois/Dixon’s latest collection “are curious about the world we inhabit and the worlds we create.”

 

 

 

 

Translation of the Lilies Back into Lists by Laynie Browne

Wave Books | June 21, 2022

This poetry collection “playfully employs the list poem and delivers poems which evade genre and subvert the quotidian material of daily life.”

 

 

 

Always Alwaysland by Stanley Moss

Seven Stories Press | June 21, 2022

Moss’s new poetry collection is “a book of songs, devotion, beautiful, painful, useful truths, some work songs, spirituals, grand opera, hymns, chants to God and no God.”

 

 

 

Grotesque Weather and Good People by Lim Solah

Translated from Korean by Olan Munson and Oh Eunkyung

Black Ocean | June 21, 2022 

The poems in this collection “explore the simultaneous intimacy and alienation of everyday life in urban Seoul.”

 

 

 

Plainchant by Eamon Grennan

Red Hen Press | June 28, 2022

Set mostly in coastal Connemara, Grennan’s new poetry collection “shows again his powers of close, patient, plainspoken observation.”

 

 

 

Refuse to Disappear by Tara Betts

The Word Works | July 7, 2022

Betts’s poetry collection “calls up the language of both science and witchery to call roll on Black women.”

 

 

 

There Must Be a Reason People Come Here by Brian Foley

Black Ocean | July 12, 2022

Foley’s new poetry collection “refuses to conform to the norms of what poetry is and how it must say things.”

 

 

 

La Movida by Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta

Nightboat Books | July 12, 2022

In this poetry collection, Luboviski-Acosta “explores the radical love inherent in revolutionary work through cultural objects, adolescent affect, and queerness from within the fall of empire.”

 

 

 

Isles of Firm Ground by Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez

Translated from Spanish by Mike Soto

Deep Vellum | July 26, 2022

Ruiz-Pérez’s poems “express a metaphysical shift where the laws of heaven and earth are suspended, transformed into a terrain of the journey inward, reflecting a cosmos of the self.”

 

 

 

Intimacies in Borrowed Light by Darius Stewart

EastOver Press | July 26, 2022

Stewart’s poetry collection “coalesces around themes of love, addiction, violence, sexual identity, and the corporeal body to betray the intimate moments that illuminate, especially, Black gay male experiences.”

 

 

 

Flare Stacks in Full Bloom by Katherine Hoerth

Texas Review Press | August 1, 2022

This collection of eco-feminist poetry is “a chronicle of Hurricane Harvey—before, during, and after the storm, through formal poetry (sonnets, villanelles, and blank verse narratives).”

 

 

 

Swan Wife by Sara Moore Wagner

Cider Press Review | August 1, 2022

Winner of the 2021 Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize, this poetry collection “toggles between the world of fairy tales and the world we live in, both of which are gruesome and tender, beautiful and dangerous,” according to Maggie Smith.

 

 

 

Bodies & Words by Celia Lisset Alvarez

Assure Press | August 1, 2022

The poems in this collection “challenge gender stereotypes about love, women, marriage, desire, infidelity, and aging.”

 

 

 

 

Iguana Iguana by Caylin Capra-Thomas

Deep Vellum | August 2, 2022

This poetry collection “imagines a tough and tender soundtrack for tumbleweeds in search of roots.”

 

 

 

A Boy in the City by S. Yarberry

Deep Vellum | August 2, 2022

In this debut collection of poetry, “the obscure and mundane collide, a fricassee of movement, the cosmopolitan, and intimacy.”

 

 

 

Flying Home; Daybook IV by Toni Ortner

Deerbrook Editions | August 6, 2022

According to Vincent Panella, this poetry collection “casts an unflinching eye on the cruelty of politics, on personal loss, on young love, aging, and death.”

 

 

 

Such Color: New and Selected Poems by Tracy K. Smith

Graywolf Press | August 16, 2022

Such Color: New and Selected Poems “traces an increasingly audacious commitment to exploring the immense mysteries and conundrums of human existence.”

 

 

 

Secret City by Katherine Smith

Madville Publishing | August 16, 2022

Smith’s poetry collection “explores belonging and power through the eyes of children and adults whether the relationships in question are to a family, to a religion, to a region, or to a country.”

 

 

 

Talking With Trees by Lucia Coppola

Plants & Poetry Journal | August 17, 2022

This collection of poetry and photography is “the story of a magical journey into the garden and the extraordinary adventure of ordinary things.”

 

 

 

No. Wait. I Can Explain. by Brad Rose

Pelekinesis | August 20, 2022

In this collection of prose poetry, “speakers take liberties with standard colloquial speech, invent unusual similes, and employ unconventional variants of American idioms.”

 

 

 

Selected Books of the Beloved by Gregory Orr

Copper Canyon Press | August 23, 2022

This poetry collection is “an expansive, lyric testament to the formidable mystery of love, spanning several previous volumes all in dedication to the beloved.”

 

 

 

Where Are the Snows by Kathleen Rooney

Texas Review Press | September 1, 2022

Winner of the 2021 X. J. Kennedy Prize, selected by Kazim Ali, this poetry collection “explores the questions of where we are now and where we might be going.”

 

 

 

The Air in the Air Behind It by Brandon Rushton

Tupelo Press | September 1, 2022

According to Donna Stonecipher, in this poetry collection “Rushton delivers a post-wonder diorama of the contemporary non-urban United States in which the vaunted American lawn is artificial.”

 

 

 

Rewild by Meredith Stricker

Tupelo Press | September 1, 2022

According to Maggie Smith, this Dorset Prize–winning poetry collection “grapples with climate change, capitalism, the horrors of human history.”

 

 

 

Seriously Well by Helge Torvund

The Song Cave | September 1, 2022

Translated from the Norwegian by the author, Seriously Well is “a book-length poem that explores the charac­teristics and limits of poetic incantation in relation to memory and illness.”

 

 

 

Surface Tension by Derek Beaulieu

Coach House Books | September 6, 2022

Surface Tension “updates visual poetry for our post-pandemic age, asking us rethink the verbiage around us, to imagine letters as images instead of text, to find meaning in their beautiful shapes.”

 

 

[To] The Last [Be] Human by Jorie Graham

Copper Canyon Press | September 6, 2022

Collecting Sea Change, Place, Fast, and Runaway, [To] The Last [Be] Human is “a body of work that stands as a ‘lyric record’ of the calamitous decades that began the twenty-first century.”

 

 

 

There Are Still Woods by Hila Ratzabi

June Road Press | September 6, 2022

This debut poetry collection is “a radiant appraisal of life at the precipice of climate crisis and a haunting elegy for all we stand to lose.”

 

 

 

Vox Humana by Adebe DeRango-Adem

Book*hug Press | September 8, 2022

This poetry collection is “driven by a sense of political urgency to probe the ethics of agency in a world that actively resists the participation of some voices over others.”

 

 

 

Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency by Chen Chen

BOA Editions | September 13, 2022

In his second poetry collection, Chen “continues his investigation of family, both blood and chosen, examining what one inherits and what one invents, as a queer Asian American living through an era of Trump, mass shootings, and the COVID-19 pandemic.”

 

 

 

Black Swim by Nicholas Goodly

Copper Canyon Press | September 13, 2022

In this debut poetry collection, Goodly “casts a spell to transform darkness into perfect darkness.”

 

 

 

An Eros Encyclopedia by Rachel James

Wendy’s Subway | September 13, 2022

The winner of the 2019 Carolyn Bush Award, this poetry collection “offers up desire and the attunement to its many objects as the atmosphere of a life.”

 

 

 

In the Hands of the River by Lucien Darjeun Meadows

Hub City Press | September 13, 2022

This poetry collection “subverts traditional poetic forms to show how a childhood for a queer boy of both Cherokee and European heritage happens within and outside dominant narratives of Appalachia.”

 

 

 

Test Piece by Sheryda Warrener

Coach House Books | September 13, 2022

The poems in this collection “engage with the process and practice of art-making, and specifically with abstract minimalist works like those by Eva Hesse, Anne Truitt, Ruth Asawa, and Agnes Martin.”

 

 

 

Bluest Nude by Ama Codjoe

Milkweed Editions | September 13, 2022

Codjoe’s debut collection “brings generous light to the inner dialogues of women as they bathe, create art, make and lose love.”

 

 

 

Bad Hobby by Kathy Fagan

Milkweed Editions | September 13, 2022

In this poetry collection, “Fagan writes with a kind of practical empathy, lamenting pain and brutality while knowing, also, their inevitability.”

 

 

 

The Wind Speaks by Elsa Johnson

Green Writers Press | September 13, 2022

According to Lisa Kwong, “Johnson dazzles with audacity; the poems ‘spread/take up space/crowd/sprawl’ across the page with their field form and deliberate spaces.”

 

 

 

No Way in the Skin Without This Bloody Embrace by Jean D’Amérique

Translated from the French by Conor Bracken

Ugly Duckling Presse | September 15, 2022

In this book-length poem, “each page is as brief as a hurricane’s eye, glimpsing the eerie territory his speaker traverses like an apocalyptic flâneur.”

 

 

 

Even the Air, Too Heavy by Riley Danvers

First Matter Press | September 15, 2022

Danvers’s poetry collection “wayfinds through the emptiness of miscarriage with words and experimental forms that examine the vacated, the absent, the lost.”

 

 

 

Fixed Star by Suzanne Frischkorn

JackLeg Press | September 15, 2022

According to Simone Muench, “Fixed Star is a brilliant treatise on violence, division, loss, longing, and the search for song.”

 

 

 

Muse Found in a Colonized Body by Yesenia Montilla

Four Way Books | September 15, 2022

This collection features poems “that range far and wide in content—observing pop culture, interrogating history, resisting contemporary injustice—but that share the spinal cord of unflinching love.”

 

 

 

Undress, She Said by Doug Anderson

Four Way Books | September 15, 2022

These poems “voyage from the subtle violences of a religious upbringing to complex remembrances of time served in the Vietnam War to contemporary emergencies of real and political plagues.”

 

 

 

Previously Owned by Nathan McClain

Four Way Books | September 15, 2022

This collection “scrutinizes one’s own culpability and responsibility in this country, interested in the natural world and beauty, as well as what beauty distracts us from.”

 

 

 

The Listening Skin by Glenis Redmond

Four Way Books | September 15, 2022

Redmond’s latest poetry collection “details how generational cycles of poverty, mental and physical illness, and systemic racism impact the self, the family, and the greater African-American collective.”

 

 

 

The Certain Body by Julia Guez

Four Way Books | September 15, 2022

In this poetry collection, “Guez aptly frames the recursive paralysis of pandemic rhetoric, whose seeming transitions always arrive at the same uncertainty.”

 

 

 

More Poems about Money by Daniel Wolff

Four Way Books | September 15, 2022

More Poems about Money “looks at the economic times we live in, from boom to bust, from the suburbs to the warzone, in a voice that ranges from humorous to desperate.”

 

 

 

Elephant by Soren Stockman

Four Way Books | September 15, 2022

The speaker in this poetry collection is “accompanied throughout by the imagined presence of Joseph Merrick, the 20th Century entertainer and medical patient popularly depicted as ‘The Elephant Man.'”

 

 

 

Only by Rebecca Foust

Four Way Books | September 15, 2022

This poetry collection “scales the cliff-face of adulthood, that paradoxical ascent in which the longer we live the less we know of life, in which we find that each of us is only ourselves and yet delicately interconnected with everyone, everything, else.”

 

 

 

When You’re Deep in a Thing by Anthony Cappo

Four Way Books | September 15, 2022

When You’re Deep