Little as the Pill believes in universal or non-contingent standards of “quality,” this list could not, in good conscience, bear the title “Best of 2010.” Instead, because I like top-five lists, here are my five favorite poetry reads of the past year, with little commentary because it’s hard to type while holding this champagne flute, and with a bonus because I liked six books enough to include here, and with best wishes to poets and their readers for the coming year.
Kathleen Graber, The Eternal City
Smart is so very, very cool.
Anne Carson, Nox
A rare case in which contents matched up to the promise of compelling packaging.
Paul Muldoon, Maggot
I've said before, and I'll say again, how good a poet I think Muldoon is.
Don Paterson, Rain
Renovation of formal conventions on every page.
Derek Walcott, White Egrets
The sonnet has rarely had it so good.
C.D. Wright, One with Others
Simply broke my heart.
Now go buy these up and read.