Here: Poems for the Planet
ed. Elizabeth J. Coleman
Copper Canyon ($18.00)

I can see the New Yorker cartoon: A sign on a dead planet with the words: “Don’t Get Discouraged” (from the book’s “Tips for effective visits with your policy maker”).

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New Poetry from China 1917-2017
ed. Ming Di
Black Square Editions ($20.00)

To be read whenever the President explains to us how much money the Chinese are paying to the U.S. Treasury with his tariffs.

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Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs
Beth Ann Fennelly
W.W. Norton ($22.95)

The smaller the memoir format, the smaller the memoirist’s ego? One can only micro-hope.

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Be With
Forrest Gander
New Directions ($16.95)

Cento review: “riding / pain’s whirlforms?” Note: Question mark the author’s. Remove at your own peril.

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Invasive Species
Marta Helal
Nightboat Books ($16.95)

Yes, “rearranging the words / rearranges the universe.” But why is it that Republicans are so damn good at this?

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Nakedness Is My End: Poems from the Greek Anthology
tr. Edmund Keeley
World Poetry Books ($16.00)

Ancient Greek wisdom for the coming election: “Wolves are deaf to sheep.”

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Adam Kirsch
Other Press ($24.95)

But where are Kirsch’s poems on August Sander’s photographs of the Weimar Nazis?

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The Poet’s Notebook: Excerpts from the Notebooks of 26 American Poets
ed. Stephen Kuusisto, Deborah Tall, & David Weiss
Norton ($21.95)

Because we need to know: “The pleasure of writing is that the mind does not wander, any more than it does in orgasm–and writing takes longer than orgasm.” Thank you, Donald Hall.

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Soft Targets
Deborah Landau
Copper Canyon Press ($16.00)

Warning: Contains that dreaded poetic moment: “Would you like to read to me in the soft, / would you like to enter me in the soft, / would you like a lunch of me in the soft . . . ?”

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Oculus
Sally Wen Mao
Graywolf Press ($16.00)

Cento review: “The tome of hegemony / will handcuff you / to your bed.”

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Baby, I Don’t Care
Chelsea Minnis
Wave Books ($18.00)

As a world famous poet once told me in a poetry workshop, “If you don’t care, honey, then why should I give a sweet shit?”

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The Octopus Museum
Brenda Shaughnessy
Knopf ($25.00)

Poses that existential question only a very brave (or very foolish?) poet would ask: “Is anyone reading this?”

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Brute
Emily Skaya
Graywolf Press ($16.00)

General Rule of Poetics: If you’re going to call a poem “Elegy with a Shit-Brown River Running Through it,” then the poem must be as good as (if not better than) the title.

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Live Oak, With Moss
Walt Whitman
ed. Brian Selznick
Abrams ComicArts ($29.99)

Yes, drawings by Brian Selznic—of a live oak, with moss! Because, as every poet knows, words alone always fail the imagination.