Best Poetry Books 2013, Part Un

It’s that time of year: “Best of 2013” lists are coming fast and furious.

Here is a great selection from Slate. Among my favorites is Mary Szybist’s Incarnadine (Graywolf Press):

Szybist has built an entire book around the coincidence of her name, using the overlap with the mother of Jesus to articulate her hunger for something more than human and her desire to find it in a comfortably human form. The result, winner of this year’s National Book Award, is incredibly enticing—a book that always seems to be on the brink of revelation but that allows for neither easy answers nor easy evasions.


I think two glaring omissions are Lucie Brock-Broido’s Stay, Illusion (Alfred A. Knopf) and Adrian Matejka’s The Big Smoke (Penguin Poets/Penguin Group USA).

And if I may go back in time to one I missed from 2012: Natalie Diaz’s When My Brother Was an Aztec (Cooper Canyon Press).



  1. oh, hello. i don’t give a shit about the reality of the written word. just what slate says. please ignore the publishers. please? please! thanks. also, please ignore the waaaavvve. thanks. please, baconeggandcheese.

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