Poetry Book Recommendations of 2014

From the Washington Independent Review of Books

Grave Cavalieri, for the Washington Independent Review of Books, has posted her picks for the fifteen best poetry books from 2014. Here are a few from the list that you might find interesting. Feel free to check out the full list online at www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com.

• Best book of poems: Medic Against Bomb: A Doctor’s Poetry of War by Frederick Foote (Grayson Books)

• Best book on teaching poetry: Singing School by Robert Pinsky (W. W. Norton & Co.)

• Best re-Issue: Skin, Inc. Identity Repair: Poems by Thomas Sayers Ellis (Graywolf Press)

• Best book of poems with photography: If The Tabloids Are True What Are You by Matthea Harvey (Graywolf Press)

• Best essays: Twenty Poems That Could Save America: And Other Essays by Tony Hoagland (Graywolf Press)  

• Best biography: E.E. Cummings: A Life by Susan Cheever (Pantheon Books)

• Best collected poetry: The Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett edited by Sean Lawlor and John Pilling (Grove Press)

Grace Cavalieri records “The Poet and the Poem” at the Library of Congress for distribution to public radio. She has written sixteen books of poems and twenty-six produced plays. She holds the 1993 Allen Ginsberg Award for poetry, the Pen Syndicated Fiction Award, the Bordighera Poetry Award, the Columbia Award, a CPB Silver Medal, and others.