3 MORE POETS WE’RE INTO
WE RECOMMEND THESE VOLUMES TO READ IRL.
This searing debut collection (by a sometime trumpet teacher) just won the Geoffrey Faber Prize, which is a big-deal literary award in Kim Moore’s native Britain. The poems are wide-ranging in their subject matter, but the part of The Art of Falling that will stick with you has to do with domestic violence, which the 37-yearold wrote about from her own life experience. Anne Michaels is Toronto’s poet laureate, so it’s hardly a surprise that this, her sixth volume of poetry, is a master class in the art of the verse. Michaels lost two close pals (fellow poet Mark Strand and artist John Berger) in the years before writing these poems, and this collection is a meditation on grief and what it means to live life without a dear friend. Nominated for a National Book Award, Layli Long Soldier takes an unflinching look at the Native American experience (she is an Oglala Sioux) in her debut collection of poems, Whereas; more specifically, it’s a sharp, lyrical response to the emptiness of official apologies for what the U.S. government did to her people. Reviews don’t call it a “battle cry” for nothing.