2023 Holiday Picks - Poetry



Above Ground by Clint Smith. This vibrant and compelling new collection traverses the vast emotional terrain of fatherhood, and explores how becoming a parent has recalibrated his sense of the world. There are poems that interrogate the ways our lives are shaped by both personal lineages and historical institutions. There are poems that revel in the wonder of discovering the world anew through the eyes of your children, as they discover it for the first time and others that meditate on what it means to raise a family in a world filled with constant social and political tumult.

The Iliad by Homer, Translated by Emily Wilson. When Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey was published in 2017, critics hailed its unpretentious contemporary interpretation. Now Wilson has turned her talents to Homer’s first great epic, producing another revelatory translation that “brings Homer's great war story to rousing new life....propulsive....buoyant and expressive.” –Natalie Haynes, New York Times Book Review

Remember Love: Words for Tender Times by Cleo Wade. From the beloved bestselling author of Heart Talk comes a collection of prose and poetry that explores how we can find light in periods of lostness, love for ourselves after heartbreak, okay-ness in the midst of change, and strength in letting go. How do we find steadiness within ourselves in the midst of dizzying personal and global change? At a time when many feel overwhelmed by fear and isolation, Remember Love offers uplifting words that anchor, nurture, and make us feel less alone.

The World Keeps Ending, and The World Goes On by Franny Choi. Each poem in this collection will knock on the walls of your heart to be let in, and you will be blessed if you do as you witness Choi working poetic magic. Everything Choi writes is a revelation, an offering, an excuse to pause the thrum of the outside world and exist within Franny's world, where history and inheritance and grief and love collide, where a line or a turn of phrase casts a spell and can take your breath away with its poignancy and grace.