Poetry for the Rest of Us 2022


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April is National Poetry Month!

Since my dormant love of poetry was reignited, I’ve discovered it so refreshing and provoking to learn stunning collections every year and share my ideas with you.

Beneath are a few of the most enjoyable and essential collections revealed late final 12 months and forthcoming in 2022. 

Last year I attempted one thing a bit completely different with the poetry record: As a substitute of the same old blurb, I targeted my ideas about every assortment into three phrases (okay, or phrases—that is laborious!). Readers responded so effectively to it that I’m doing it once more this 12 months! Typically the phrases are nouns, generally verbs, generally adjectives, and I could have simply made up some phrases too. Since I discover it difficult to be succinct, it is a precious train in creativeness, reflection and, effectively, restraint.  

Talking of restraint … I’ve to noticeably take into consideration which titles to incorporate on this record. Many incredible collections are being launched, however sadly, I couldn’t embrace all of them. I’ve included the 66 under for a wide range of causes: as a result of they meet my standards (above), as a result of they’re particularly distinctive, as a result of I wished to shine a lightweight on them, they’re from debut authors, indie publishers, or as a result of they stood out to me for some other purpose. Those which can be at the moment obtainable are introduced first in alphabetical order; forthcoming titles are then listed by on-sale date.

So I hope you take pleasure in and discover some collections under that may have you ever reflecting on how poetry strikes you, challenges you and represents you. 


By Kemi Alabi (@kemiaalabi). Graywolf Press. 80 pages. Out now.

Choral, righteous, regenerative. 

By Paul Tran (@speakdeadly). Penguin Poets. 112 pages. Out now. 

Deliberate, rapid, ash.

By Raquel Salas Rivera (@rugamarspr). Beacon Press. 160 pages. Out now.

Colonized, handled, unchained.

By Natalie Wee (@natweewriter). Arsenal Pulp Press. 80 pages. Out now. 

Type, echo, have an effect on.

By Brionne Janae (@BreezyJanae). Northwestern College Press. 80 pages. Out now.

Confession, heirloom, bloom. 

By Warsan Shire (@warsan_shire). Random Home. 96 pages. Out now. 

Evocative, kaleidoscopic, transcendent.

By Ebony Stewart (@ebpoetry). Button Poetry. 112 pages. Out now.

Discovery, understanding, energy.

By Jessica Helen Lopez. College of New Mexico Press. 112 pages. Out now.

Recent, sharp, guttural.

By Akosua Afiriyie-Hwedie (@akosuazah). Button Poetry. 48 pages. Out now.

Voice, self, birthwrite.

By Betsy Aoki (@baoki). Tebot Bach. 69 pages.  Out now.

Integral, practical, recreation face. 

By Aaiún Nin (@aaiun_nin). Astra Home. 96 pages. Out now.

Love, audacity, bravery.

By Renia White (@reniawhite). BOA Editions Ltd. 80 pages. Out April 19.

Collective, unrest, alternative.

By Claudia Castro Luna (@ClaudiaC_L). Tia Chucha. 80 pages. Out now.

Witness, testomony, area. 

By adrienne danyelle oliver (@dr.adriennedanyelle)*. Ending Line Press. Out now.  (Additionally take a look at oliver’s the physique has recollections out now from Nomadic Press.)

Fragility, embodiment, gentle.

By Akwaeke Emezi (@azemezi). Copper Canyon Press. 64 pages. Out now.

Spirit, supply, sanctuary. 

By Solmaz Sharif (@solmazny). Graywolf Press. 72 pages. Out now.

Prospects, ready, shimmering. 

By Margo Tamez (@indigifem). Turtle Level Press. 152 pages. Out now.

Timebending, landguage, sovereignty.

By Cynthia Dewi Oka (@freedewi). TriQuarterly. 112 pages. Out now.

Aunties, interludes, thorns.  

By Jenny Qi (@JQiii). Metal Toe Books. 98 pages. Out now.

Bravery, loss, love. 

By Ra Malika Imhotep (@lilcottonflower). Purple Hen Press. 120 pages. Out now.

Moody, fugitive, nonetheless.

By Aurielle Marie (@YesAurielle). College of Pittsburgh Press. 120 pages. Out now.

Progressive, unapologetic, electrical.

By C.T. Salazar (@ctsalazar_). Acre Books. 78 pages. Out now. 

Lyrical, spirited, enduring.

By Sarah Mangold (@sarahemangold). Fordham College Press. 96 pages. Out now. 

Wild, evocative, seen.

By Jane Wong (@paradeofcats). Alice James Books. 100 pages. Out now.

Legacy, survival, pleasure. 

By Jane Yolen. Holy Cow! Press. 88 pages. Out now. 

Religion, perception, urgency.

By Hannah Emerson (@hannah.emerson.poetry). Milkweed Editions. 96 pages. Out now.

Flight, sense, sure sure.

By Saida Agostini (@saidaagostini). Alan Squire Publishing. 68 pages. Out now.

Mythology, ancestry, triumph. 

By Luivette Resto (@LuivetteResto). Flowersong Press. 88 pages. Out now. 

Vulnerability, restoration, creativeness.

By Helenna Santos (@helennamsantos). Self-published. 97 pages. Out now. 

Angst, street journey, magic. 

My Grief, the Solar 

By Sanna Wani (@sannareya). Home of Anansi. 112 pages. Out now.

Danger, attain, stay. 

By Angela Trudell Vasquez. Ending Line Press. 40 pages. Out now. 

Bridges, house(lands), heritage.

By Alexis V. Jackson (@alexis_a_poet). Kore Press. 104 pages. Out now.

Recent, bedeviled, sanctified.

By Traci Kato-Kiriyama (@traciakemi1). Writ Giant Press. 264 pages. Out now.

Enlargement, collectivity, ascension. 

By Brynne Rebele-Henry (@brynne_rh). College of Pittsburgh Press. 72 pages. Out now. 

Legacy, longing, connection.

By Asnia Asim (@asniaasim). Ending Line Press. 44 pages. Out now.

(Dis)quiet, intimacy, longing.

By Jennifer Huang (@jcjklmnop). Milkweed Editions. 96 pages. Out now. 

Enveloped, exhausted, sufficient.

By Keli Stewart (@kelistewartpoet). Bronzeville Books. 80 pages. Out now.

Born, misplaced, discovered.

By Gayl Jones. Beacon Press. 200 pages. Out now.

Epic, magic, revelatory.

By Jason Purcell (@jasonvpurcell). Arsenal Pulp Press. 96 pages. Out now.

Ache, precarity, invocation. 

Two Lines Press. 192 pages. Out now. 

Recollections, desires, modifications.

By Glenis Redmond (@glenismakingpoetryreign). Ending Line Press. 30 pages. Out now.

Cussed, historic, named.

By Jhani Randhawa. Gaudy Boy. 144 pages. Out now.

Fluid, cascading, transcendent. 

By Ana Portnoy Brimmer. YesYes Books. 126 pages. Out now. 

Decolonialism, resistance, futurity. 

By Lindsay Choi (@exboyfriend__). Futurepoem Books. 96 pages. Out now. 

Language, layers, invention.

By Danni Quintos (@dleighquint). BOA Editions Ltd.. 112 pages. Out now. 

Candor, braveness, no joke. 

By Andrea Abi-Karam (@wolf_hour). Nightboat. 112 pages. Out now.

Unbridled, important, queer AF.

By Cheryl Boyce-Taylor (@cboycetaylor). TriQuarterly. 104 pages. Out now. 

Getting older, archiving, magnificence. 

By Ama Asantewa Diaka. Ecco. 96 pages. Out now. 

Heartbreaking, fist-clenching, redemption.

By Hope Wabuke (@hopewabuke). Haymarket Books. 80 pages. Out April 26.

“Black/Mom/Diaspora” – Matthew Shenoda, creator of Tahrir Suite

By Laura Villareal (@earthandstars). College of Wisconsin Press. 80 pages. Out April 26.

Sharp, celestial, free.

By Emily Rose Cole (@EmilyColeWrites). College of Wisconsin Press. 80 pages. Out April 26. 

Scars, separation, spells.

By Victoria Chang (@vchangpoet). Copper Canyon Press. 144 pages. Out April 26.

Waka, ache, launch.

By Farzana Doctor (@farzanadoctor). Freehand Books. 96 pages. Out Might 1. 

Ageing, looking out, by no means alone. 

By Marwa Helal (@marwahelal). Nightboat. Out Might 3. 

White area, omission, (de)limitation.

By Asantewaa Boykin (@asantewaarn). Nomadic Press. 80 pages. Out Might 7.

Impermanence, warning, divinity. 

By Shelley Wong (@shhellywong). YesYes Books. 81 pages. Out Might 10.

Enlargement, revision, realization.

By Ada Limón (@adalimon). Milkweed Editions. 120 pages. Out Might 10.

Brittle, solitude, flight. 

Written by Maya Abu Al-Hayyat (@mayaabualhayyat) and translated by Fady Joudah. Milkweed Editions. 88 pages. Out Might 10. 

Vast, witty, defiant.

By Noor Hindi (@MyNrHindi). Haymarket Books. 80 pages. Out Might 31.

Interrogation, intersection, provocation.

By Kamden Ishmael Hilliard. Nightboat Books. 98 pages. Out Might 31.

Singular, a number of, full.

By Jewelle Gomez (@VampyreVamp). BLF Press. Out June 7.  

Streetcars, sovereignty, sisters.

By Sun Yung Shin (@sunyungshin). Espresso Home Press. 128 pages. Out June 14.

Origins, threshold, descent. 

By Maya Marshall (@mayaamarshall). Haymarket Books. 80 pages. Out June 28. 

Justice, rage, peace.

By Zeina Hashem Beck (@zeinabeck). Penguin. 112 pages. Out July 5. 

Vagabond, revolutionary, unbreakable.

By Safia Elhillo (@mafiasafia). One World. 144 pages. Out July 12.

Insurrection, liberation, multitudes.

By Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta. Nightboat Books. 106 pages. Out July 12.

Battle, submission, survival.

And coming in fall:

  • At all times a Relic By no means a Reliquary by Kim Sousa, Black Lawrence Press, out in August.
  • Ask the Brindled by Noʻu Revilla, Milkweed Editions, our August 9.  
  • Tune of My Softening by Omotara James, Alice James Books, out August 16.
  • Urbanshee by Siaara Freeman, Button Poetry, out August 22. 
  • Golden Ax by Rio Cortez, Penguin, out August 30. 
  • The Rupture Tense: Poems by Jenny Xie, Graywolf Press, out September 6. 
  • Togetherness by Wo Chan, Nightboat Books, out September 6.
  • Bluest Nude: Poems by Ama Codjoe, Milkweed Editions, out September 13.
  • summonings by Raena Shirali, Black Lawrence Press, out in October.
  • Relinquenda by Alexandra Regalado, Beacon Press, out October 11. 
  • The Symmetry of Fish by Su Cho, Penguin, out October 11.
  • Bittering the Wound by Jacqui Germain, Autumn Home Press, out October 15.
  • The Threshold: Poems, written by Iman Mersal and translated by Robyn Creswell, FSG, out October 18. 
  • Concentrate: Poems by Courtney Faye Taylor, Graywolf Press, out November 1.

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