P O E T R Y
1] Animal Eye by Paisley Rekdal: I love her detail in the cruel corners of the natural world.
2] Requiem for the Orchard by Oliver de la Paz: I was struck by how much the boyness of experience compelled me in this collection.
3] The Lifting Dress by Lauren Berry: A sequence about sexual violence--each poem is so solid, the language so good.
4] Love, An Index by Rebecca Lindenberg: Oh my--poems that are sourced from her partner's disappearance but are about so much more. Remarkable.
5] At the Drive-In Volcano by Aimee Nezhukumatathil: Clever narrative poems that are tight on the page.
6] Exit, Civilian by Idra Novey: Extremely elegant, brilliant poems. Like glass or icicles. Love.
7] Instructions for My Mother's Funeral by Laura Read: That turn between seasons.
H Y B R I D
1] Ventifacts by Christine Hume: This hybrid essay springboarded from the author's daughter's fear of the wind.
2] The End of the Sentimental Journey by Sarah Vap: Part treatise, part prose poem, part fierce roar.
N O N F I C T I O N
1] The Music of Failure by Bill Holm: Essays and essay-chips exploring place and language.
2] The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yukanavitch: A poetic memoir that examines grief and sexuality.
3] Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala: Plumes of grief after the 2004 tsunami. Honest, spare.
4] Still Point of the Turning World by Emily Rapp: Grief, like a strong, hard hike.
F I C T I O N
1] Run by Ann Patchett: This one has lingered, perhaps because of the stuffy, snowy setting.
2] Life After Life by Kate Atkinson: Smoke in a chimney. The huff as a fire goes out. The huff as it's lit again.