Another month, another fistful of great reads. But before we look back on recent books we couldn’t put down—one even passed the rigorous Subway Test—a quick look forward to April, National Poetry Month, in which one might gather their rosebuds by cavorting in vast fields of verse. A few contemporary suggestions: Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz, The Tradition by Jericho Brown, (both winners of the Pulitzer Prize), or Ocean Vuong’s bestselling 2022 collection Time is a Mother. One might also make some preorders—a treat for future you! The coming month has a happy onslaught in store: South Korean poet Kim Haengsook’s Human Time: Selected Poems (Moon Country), Ursula K. Le Guin’s collected poetry, or Henri Cole’s Gravity and Center: Selected Sonnets, 1994-2022. Or if you’d like to sprinkle in some prose, turn to the intimate, evocative memoirs coming from poets Eileen Myles, Matthew Zapruder, and Maggie Smith. As always, happy reading.
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