50+ Of Your Favorite Contemporary Poetry Collections

Amanda Nelson

Staff Writer

Amanda Nelson is an Executive Director of Book Riot. She lives in Richmond, VA.

This giveaway is sponsored by Congotronic by Shane Book and Trickster by Randall Potts.

congotronicIn Book’s polyvocal poetry collection, he brandishes a particularly pleasing form of near-nonsense, mixing African folk history, hip-hop lyrics, and meditations on mind and body. . . . If certain passages challenge readers (“I am after after I am because because I am a burst of was”), they always reward with new, unusual experiences of language and meaning. Book blends the fashionable savvy of pop producer Pharrell Williams, the experimental poetics of Adam Fitzgerald (The Late Parade, 2013), and the disorienting strangeness of playwright Sarah Ruhl.—Booklist




tricksterPotts writes poems charged with an intense and loving empathy with the living and non-living things of the Earth and the spirit that animates them. His poems are grounded in images and borne aloft by the song of ancient and modern traditions. They are touched by the spirit that moves through the work of Merwin, Trakl, and Tarkovsky, a spirit that endows things with the luminous effects of golden sunlight scattered through leaves, illuminating darkness with hope.—Geoffrey Nutter, author, The Rose of January and Christopher Sunset





For this giveaway, we asked for your favorite contemporary poetry collections- leaving the definition of “contemporary” up to you- and here are your answers!

Time and Materials by Robert Hass

Nights I Let the Tiger Get You by Elizabeth Cantwell

Rookery by Traci Brimhall

Sun by Michael Palmer

King Me by Roger Reeves

Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill

The Fifty Minute Mermaid by Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill

Frameless Windows, Squares of Light by Cathy Song

Jelly Roll by Kevin Young

Sleeping on the Wing by Kenneth Koch and Kate Ferrell

Pilgrim by David Whyte

What the Living Do by Marie Howe

Emergency Kit: Poems for Strange Times by Jo Shapcott and Matthew Sweeney

Getting Stitches by Rudy K. Francisco

The Cinnamon Peeler by Michael Ondaatje

Gray Matter by Sarah Michas-Martin

Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals by Patricia Lockwood

No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay

Missing You, Metropolis by Gary Jackson

Blowout by Denise Duhamel

Crush by Richard Siken

What have you done to our ears to make us hear echoes? by Arlene Kim

Senegal Taxi by Juan Felipe Herrera

In Search of Midnight by Mike McGee

The Madness Vase by Andrea Gibson

Forgiveness Parade by Jeffery McDaniel

Bellocq’s Ophelia by Natasha Tretheway

Gentleman Practice by Buddy Wakefield

Dear Future Boyfriend by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

Bicentennial: Poems by Dan Chiasson

Human Dark With Sugar by Brenda Shaughnessy

The Rhizome as a Field of Broken Bones by Margaret Randall

10,000 Wallpapers by Matt Shears

Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith

Breaking Poems by Suheir Hammad

Bitters by Rebecca Seiferle

Songs of a Clerk by Gary Beck

The Silence of Doorways by Sharon Venezio

God Particles by Thomas Lux

Anne Stevenson’s Poems 1955-2005

Words for Empty and Words for Full by Bob Hicok

Angle of Yaw by Ben Lerner

Wind in a Box by Terrance Hayes

Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni

Slamma Lamma Ding Dong by Dan Leamen

The Trouble with Poetry by Billy Collins

Blind Huber by Nick Flynn

Selected Poems by Bob Schneider

Now You’re the Enemy by James Allen Hall

Essays Against Ruin by Brian Clements

The Complete Works of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Men in Groups by Aaron Smith

Broetry by Brian McGackin

New Shoes on a Dead Horse by Sierra DeMulder