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Touch

Henri Cole (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

The stunningly intimate expression of a master poet confronting lost love, lost loved ones, and the dangers of loving, in the sonnet form he's made his own.

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Space, in Chains

Laura Kasischke (Copper Canyon)

Never before have poems of motherhood and domesticity—among many other things—seemed so strange, sharp, and haunting.

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The Cold War

Kathleen Ossip (Sarabande)

Essayistic poems and poetic essays come together in this collection, which takes stock of dire political and personal situations in the age of information overload.

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Life on Mars

Tracy K. Smith (Graywolf)

Riffing on David Bowie, Smith's poems keep waking up into a world not their own that's also home.

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Devotions

Bruce Smith (Univ. of Chicago)

Everywhere he looks in these powerful, extemporaneous poems, Smith finds, if not God, something holy in the most profane sense of the word.

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