Holiday Recommendations

Poetry Super Highway’s Holiday recommendations for 2021.
For yourself, the poetry lover, or the undiscovered poetry lover.

Great Books from Individual Writers:

Night Surgery
by Julianna McCarthy

‘Night Surgery’ marks the first full-length collection by Julianna McCarthy. In it we discover the strange combinations of wonder and precision needed to repair the heart, to separate humor from pain, and stitch the night together. “By noon light / or moonlight the way home is always long…” Whether the subject is love or music or the history of loss, McCarthy’s work allows us to savor the world in real time. “Night falls as the wind rises. Front doors open all along the block, people / rushing, crowding, embracing their way to one another…” The only cure for beauty is more of it. The healing starts with ‘Night Surgery.’

Stitches and Scars
by Rolland Vasin

Rolland Vasin (aka Vachine) , a third generation American writer of Romanian decent, was born into a literary family. Stitches & Scars is a chronology of experiences in war, love, and social justice advocacy. Published at Rolland’s age of 75 years to also honor the contributions of his family to the literary community.

Forbidden Plums: Poems in Quarantine
by Peggy Dobreer

When Dobreer comes to the poetry party, she brings her gypsy wagon with her, her vardo, lovingly carved from a life of élan. Dobreer wraps her lyric scarves around the reader’s psyche where one is drawn into the dance. And this dance is never stilted or predictable. It only asks the reader to meet its rhythms, the rock and sway, the tango-laced eroticism that threads Forbidden Plums. She works an almost cerebral mysticism into the lines as she tightropes our desires and reminds us that there is sustenance in longing. Like the “one bright flower in a crib of soft mud, like a solitary cloud wisping for miracles”.

-Lois P. Jones, author of Night Ladder

Call Us What We Carry
by Amanda Gorman

The breakout poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman.

Formerly titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, the luminous poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman captures a shipwrecked moment in time and transforms it into a lyric of hope and healing.

New Anthologies We Love:

Sh!t Men Say to Me: A Poetry Anthology in Response to Toxic Masculinity

Sh!t Men Say to Me: A Poetry Anthology in Response to Toxic Masculinity features the work of over 70 poets from across the country (and some even beyond it) who have all been struck by the sharp tongue of toxic masculinity, and have something necessary to say about it. Poets of different backgrounds, genders, sexualities, creeds, and colors unpack deeply personal stories about weaponized power, engrained misogyny and finding one’s complete personhood in a system that tries to make you less. This is their book.

Best American Poetry 2021
edited by Tracy K. Smith

The 2021 edition of the leading collection of contemporary American poetry is guest edited by the former US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, providing renewed proof that this is “a ‘best’ anthology that really lives up to its title” (Chicago Tribune).

Since 1988, The Best American Poetry series has been “one of the mainstays of the poetry publication world” (Academy of American Poets).

Poetry Resources:

The Poets Market: 34th Edition

Want to get your poetry published? There’s no better tool for making it happen than Poet’s Market, which includes hundreds of publishing opportunities specifically for poets, including listings for book and chapbook publishers, print and online poetry publications, contests, and more. These listings include contact information, submission preferences, insider tips on what specific editors want, and–when offered–payment information.

The Strategic Poet: Honing the Craft
by Diane Lockward

The Strategic Poet: Honing the Craft focuses on the craft of poetry and is based on the belief that craft can be taught and the best teacher of craft is a good poem. This book assumes a knowledgeable reader, that is, one who already knows the language of poetry and already practices the craft.

Blatant Self Promotion:

The Tokyo-Van Nuys Express
by Rick Lupert

Rick Lupert’s 25th collection of poems and latest travelogue written in Japan while visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima, follows in the footsteps of Richard Brautigan and is loosely inspired by his title The Tokyo-Montana Express. Follow Lupert through Japan with his signature wit and poet’s eye as your guide, as he stands in the mysterious “stick line”, as indescribable food is put in his mouth (and described anyway), as a monkey crawls on his head, as Hiroshima looms at the end of it all.

God Wrestler: A Poem for
Every Torah Portion

by Rick Lupert

A poem for each of the weekly Torah portions, written by Los Angeles poet Rick Lupert who immersed himself in the weekly text and came out on the other side with a poem that adds humor, modern insight, and “reverent irreverence” to his interpretations of these ancient stories around which modern-day Judaism has developed. This collection of Jewish poetry adds to Lupert’s growing canon of Judaic liturgy interpretations which have found receptive audiences and readers, from all over the world, who are seeking modern interpretations of our oldest text.

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