April is national poetry month, and I will be sending out free books to anyone who leaves a comment to this post by April 30 (your comment might also rank the books in order of desire / lust). I will randomly choose the winner (or winners, maybe one book per winner?) on May 1 if I'm not too busy grading finals. The below are some of my favorite books, one for obvious reasons.
The Wild Iris by Louise Gluck
Lush, lyrical persona poems on flowers, plants, times of day, prayers.
What the Body Told by Rafael Campo
Gay physician, father, Cuban-American, reinvents formal poetry for the 21st century in gritty and moving imagery.
Dien Cai Dau by Yusef Komunyakaa
The best poetry collection on the Vietnam War experience ever, and by a good poet to boot.
Indelible Marks by Benjamin Vogt
My first chapbook. It's ok. There are two poems I'd like to cut. The second chap, forthcoming this October, will be better.
Thanks to Kelli Russell Agodon for instigating this idea for poet bloggers (I am a poet / nonfiction / garden / environmental / whiney blogger).