I can’t afford enough current poetry to write a sensible top 10 list for 2016 poetry collections and my local library seems a bit nervous about investing in too many new works – but I can use Google 🙂 Here’s a collated list from lists – the top 10 poetry collections as chosen by an assortment of critics and other online voices, with my personal input in there too.
|Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong|
|Look by Solmaz Sharif|
|Sunshine by Melissa Lee-Houghton|
|So Much Synth by Brenda Shaughnessy|
|The Remedies by Katharine Towers|
|Say Something Back by Denise Riley|
|Olio by Tyehimba Jess|
|Shallcross by CD Wright|
|Blackacre by Monica Youn|
|Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest|
There was a bit of a transatlantic split. I choose English language lists, which mainly meant UK and US sources, and there wasn’t much cross over. Certainly, the British poets didn’t make any impact in the US selection, and only three collections went the other way.
Make of that what you will. I see it as an opportunity, to be honest, to hunt down some of the unfamiliar voices on line, and experience them. There is such a wealth of good poetry being published – to a novice like me this is daunting but strangely encouraging.
Hey someone else did the same!