What I read in 2017

This is what I read in 2017. I’ve bolded my favorites.

JANUARY
1 – Monica A. Hand – Me and Nina
2 – Wayne Koestenbaum – Andy Warhol
3 – Jorie Graham – Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts
4 – Joshua Bennett – The Sobbing School
5 – Ashley M. Jones – Magic City Gospel
6 – Emily Ruskovich – Idaho
7 – Jay Hopler – The Abridged History of Rainfall
8 – Thomas Richards – The Meaning of Star Trek
FEBRUARY
9 – Roland Barthes – Camera Lucida
10 – Jacques J. Rancourt – Novena
11 – Kathleen Rooney – Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
12 – Denise Duhamel – Scald
13 – Roxane Gay – Difficult Women
14 – Morgan Parker – There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé
15 – Don DeLillo – Love-Lies-Bleeding
16 – Anne Carson – Decreation
17 – David Deitcher – Stone’s Throw
MARCH
18 – T.C. Boyle – The Terranauts
19 – Mary Ruefle – Madness, Rack, and Honey
20 – Maggie Nelson – Bluets
APRIL
21 – Chen Chen – When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities
22 – Jennifer Givhan – Protection Spell
23 – James Welch – Riding the Earthboy 40
24 – Alana Massey – All the Lives I Want
25 – Sophie Klahr – Meet Me Here at Dawn
26 – Natalie Shapero – Hard Child
27 – Khadijah Queen – I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On
28 – Sarah Manguso – 300 Arguments
MAY
29 – Nick Dybek – When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man
30 – Tom Bissell – Magic Hours
31 – Photographs Not Taken (ed. Will Steacy)
32 – Layli Long Soldier – Whereas
33 – Adrian Matejka – Map to the Stars
34 – Gabriel García Márquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude
35 – Wayne Koestenbaum – Humiliation
JUNE
36 – Mark Leidner – Beauty Was the Case that They Gave Me
37 – Marguerite Yourcenar – Memoirs of Hadrian
38 – Ander Monson – The Available World
39 – André Aciman – Enigma Variations
40 – Linda Rosenkrantz – Talk
41 – Umberto Saba – Ernesto
JULY
42 – Alain de Botton – The Architecture of Happiness
43 – Matthew Nienow – House of Water
44 – Marie Howe – Magdalene
45 – Tom Payne – Fame: What the Classics Tell Us about Our Cult of Celebrity
46 – Erika L. Sánchez – Lessons on Expulsion
47 – Cara Hoffman – Running
AUGUST
48 – Edith Wharton – The House of Mirth
49 – Teju Cole – Blind Spot
50 – Sherman Alexie – The Business of Fancydancing
51 – Dani Shapiro – Hourglass
52 – Shane McCrae – In the Language of My Captor
53 – Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale
54 – Dawn Lundy Martin – Good Stock Strange Blood
SEPTEMBER
55 – Jared Yates Sexton – The People Are Going to Rise like the Water upon Your Shore
56 – Angela Flournoy – The Turner House
57 – Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa – Rummage
58 – Ben Lerner – 10:04
59 – Danez Smith – Don’t Call Us Dead
60 – The Best American Short Plays 2015-16
61 – Zadie Smith – White Teeth
62 – Anne Carson – Nox
OCTOBER
63 – Al Franken – Giant of the Senate
64 – Dara Wier – In the Still of the Night
65 – Gabrielle Calvocoressi – Rocket Fantastic
66 – The Best American Essays 2017
67 – CAConrad – While Standing in Line for Death
68 – Alissa Nutting – Made for Love
69 – Eve L. Ewing – Electric Arches
NOVEMBER
70 – Carmen Maria Machado – Her Body and Other Parties
71 – Nicole Sealey – Ordinary Beast
72 – Roxane Gay – Hunger
73 – Beth Ann Fennelly – Heating & Cooling
74 – Andrew Durbin – MacArthur Park
75 – Jeremy Deller – Iggy Pop Life Class
76 – John Gerassi – The Boys of Boise
77 – Deb Olin Unferth – Vacation
78 – David Trinidad – Hand Over Heart
DECEMBER
79 – Hanif Abdurraqib – They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us
80 – Lucy Ives – Impossible Views of the World
81 – Lorrie Moore – Bark
82 – Mark Doty – Bethlehem in Broad Daylight
83 – Billy-Ray Belcourt – This Wound is a World
84 – Charles Baxter – The Feast of Love
85 – Gabe Habash – Stephen Florida
86 – Joshua Jennifer Espinoza – There Should Be Flowers
87 – Justin Chin – Gutted
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Word Riot Favorites, Year Two

The publication of the new issue of Word Riot marks my second year as poetry editor. I love it. As I did last year, I’m going to celebrate by alphabetically presenting my ten favorite poems published in the previous twelve issues. Because feelings.

Last week someone found my blog by googling “What kinds of poems does Word Riot look for?” This is as close to an answer as I can provide:

Lyn Li Che’s “Ascent

Patrick Dundon’s “Poem Written While Being Stood Up

Catherine Gonick’s “Assisted Living

Luther Hughes’s “Clay

Gina Keicher’s “Date Night Climbing

Safwan Khatib’s “Icarus

Anna Meister’s “I Say Your Name

Jamie Mortara’s “Q&A

Chris Philpot’s “This Is Not Goodbye But You Should Go

Satarah Wheeler’s “Love on Mars

Word Riot Favorites, Year One

The publication of the new issue of Word Riot marks a full year of my serving as poetry editor. I’m enjoying reading submissions immensely, and this occasion seems worthy of celebration in some way.

So I’m going to link to my ten favorites, because reasons, in alphabetical order. Yes, I love all the poems I’ve published, but, you know, everyone has favorites. These are poems you need to read, if only so we can pretend they all got Pushcarts and Best Americans and whatnot:

Mary-Alice Daniel’s “Supermoon

Cody Ernst’s “Barn Paint

Suzi F. Garcia’s “Give Me a Rambling Plot Twist

Jeffrey Haynes’s “The Night You Were Dancing to “Shake Your Tailfeather” in the Kitchen and Were Rudely Interrupted

Carrie Murphy’s “Fat Daisies

Deonte Osayande’s “Crossfire

Amber Rambharose’s “Supergirl on Batgirl

Sam Sax’s “Putting on Emily Dickinson’s Clothes

Daniel Vlasaty’s “Make Believe Fish

Quinn White’s “Robbins on a Half Shell