2018 brought with it a lot of great poetry. Some revisited older forms or older stories to create something vital and new, while others took bold risks with language in order to illuminate aspects of the present sociopolitical condition. Whether they were causing us to rethink the quotidian or leading us to unexpected places, here are some of our favorite examples of verse that emerged this year.
In our afternoon reading: poetry by Jenny Xie, Amanda Petrusich on Graceland, and much more.
In our weekend reading: reviews of the film adaptation of “Zama,” new writing from Jami Attenberg and Michelle Dean, and more.
Well, it’s April. Nominally it’s springtime–but the presence of snowy weather and temperatures friendly to hot cocoa and roaring fires suggests otherwise. Metaphorically speaking, though, that range of moods and modes lines up pretty neatly with the books that are on our radar for this month–everything from works in translation to bold collections of nonfiction to eagerly-anticipated literary debuts. Here’s a look at several of the books that we’re most excited to explore this month.
In our morning reading: a review of Patricia Lockwood’s new book, talking with Books Are Magic, and much more.