Every year, the poetry conference/festival/organization Split This Rock offers its recommended poetry books to close out the year. A lot of other organizations and publications do this, but out of all of them, I enjoy Split This Rock’s recommendations the most. Like other years, this year’s selection is diverse, featuring a wide range of voices and styles; however, the presses/publishers are well-known and include Norton, Graywolf, and the Pitt Series, among others. Some of the poets are just as recognizable, including Adrienne Rich, Lucille Cifton, Patricia Smith, and current Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway, but there are some writers I’ve never heard of, including Eduardo C. Corral, whose book, Slow Lightening, was published by the Yale Series of Younger Poets. That is one I plan to purchase, along with Looking for the Gulf Motel by Richard Blanco.
These books make great presents, and for the most part, you’d be supporting an indie press/publisher. If you want to read the full list and descriptions about each book, click here. It’s well worth you attention!