Kevin Young

Best Books Of 2012
6:03 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Well-Versed: Five Poets With Punch

Nishant Choksi

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 8:58 am

Looking over this past year, it may help to think of this list less as a "best of" than a shoutout to five poets whose work you may know — or should if you don't. All these recent books seem to me deeply personal, but not simply so — they manage to make metaphor from what happened, which is after all one of the poet's chief jobs. Here are five books of transformation, channeling love, loss, history and language.