Hold Sway
Sally Ball
Barrow Street Press ($16.95)

Winner of the AARP Cold Comfort Award for a Line of Poetry: “Oh! not everyone old / is dwindling pith!”

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Ecodeviance: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness
C.A. Conrad
Wave Books ($22.00)

Winner of the Anarcho-Antifa-Workers Society Poetry Title of the Year: “I Want to Do Everything Wrong Just Once”

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Odes to Lithium
Sheila Erlichman
Alice James Books ($17.95)

Yes, even poetry has moments of truth: “The side effect of living your life is dying.”

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Jim Harrison: The Essential Poems
ed. Joseph Bednarik
Copper Canyon ($18.00)

And they asked the poet, “Poet, which of your poems are essential?” And the poet responded, “Why all of them, of course.”

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Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse
John Lithgow
Chronicle Prism ($19.95)

Maybe a more accurate title would be: Trumpty: How to Take a Dumpty in Verse.

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Forage
Rose McClarney
Penguin ($20.00)

A solution for those in the Anthropocene: “Better to rot outright . . . that’s the closet to cleanliness, // to righteousness, you’ll get.”

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Pantheon
Philip Memmer
Lost Horse Press ($18.00)

Where, in this pantheon of poetic gods, is “The God of These Ungodly Fucked Up Times”?

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The Essential W.S. Merwin
ed. by Michael Wiegers
Copper Canyon ($18.00)

And they asked the poet, “Poet, which of your poems are non-essential?” And the poet responded, “Why all of them, of course.”

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The Eloquent Poem: 128 Contemporary Poems and Their Making
ed. Elise Paschen
Persea ($20.00)

Can’t wait for the sequel—The Slovenly Poem.

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Firsts: 100 Years of Yale Younger Poets
ed. Carl Phillips
Yale University ($35)

The perfect wallpaper for every room of your lovely and poetic home.

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The Octopus Museum
Brenda Shaughnessy
Knopf ($25.00)

Winner of the Neo-Zombie Capitalist Crony Poetry Title of the Year: “Our Beloved Infinite Crapulence.”

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Windy Day at Kabekona: New and Selected Prose Poems
Thomas R. Smith
White Pine Press ($16.00)

It just so happens, says the prose poem, that I am tired of being a prose poem. It just so happens, says the audience, we are tired of you too.

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Doomstead Days
Brian Teare
Nightboat Books ($17.95)

Banned by the Steve Bannon Doomsday Brigade for the line: “I keep thinking about / the man who asks me / to visit his doomstead / which seems kinky / for a first date.” But what is kinkier than book banning?

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Oblivion Banjo
Charles Wright
Farrar, Straus and Giroux ($50.00)

You’ve heard the Annihilation Banjo, and you all too well know the Apocalypse Banjo, but you’ve never heard the Oblivion Banjo—until you’ve read all 784 pages of this book.