Some Favourite Poetry Collections of 2009: Part Eight

Leanne O’Sullivan
Train to Gorey by Liz O’Donoghue (Arlen House)
The Last Geraldine Officer by Thomas McCarthy (Anvil Press)
The Sun-fish by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (Gallery Press)
Janet Sutherland
Conversation with Murasaki by Tom Lowenstein (Shearsman Books)
The son by Carrie Etter (Oystercatcher Press)
A Sleepwalk on the Severn by Alice Oswald (Faber & Faber)
Jo Hemmant
Beneath the Rime by Siriol Troup (Shearsman Books)
Furniture by Lorraine Mariner (Picador)
Facing the Public by Martina Evans (Anvil Press)
The Handless Maiden by Vicki Feaver (Jonathan Cape, reissue)
Christine Swint
Slamming Open the Door by Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno
(Alice James Books)
The Bible of Lost Pets by Jamey Dunham (Salt Modern Poets)
Sassing by Karen Head (WordTech Communications)
Carolee Sherwood
Dearest Creature by Amy Gerstler (Penguin Books)
Displacement by Leslie Harrison (Mariner Books)
Shelter by Carey Salerno (Alice James Books)
Julie Buffaloe-Yoder
Some Misplaced Joan of Arc by Leah Angstman
(Alternating Current Press)
light dark light by Tom Kryss (iniquity press/vendetta books)
Shadow Box by Fred Chappell (LSU Press)
Sally Evans
Chasing the Ivy by Maureen Almond (Biscuit Publishing)
Adrian: Scotland Celebrates Adrian Mitchell,
edited by Chrys Salt & John Hudson (Markings)
Bho Leabhar-Latha Maria Malibran /
From the Diary of Maria Malibran by Christopher Whyte (Acair)
Helen Moffett
Hypen by Tania van Schalkwyk (The UCT Writers Series /
Electric Book Works)
Oleander by Fiona Zerbst (Modjaji Books)
Please, Take Photographs by Sindiwe Magona (Modjaji Books)
Juliet Cook
Moth Moon by Matt Jasper (BlazeVOX Books)
The Ravenous Audience by Kate Durbin (Akashic Books)
shana linda~pretty pretty by Nanette Rayman-Rivera
(Scattered Light Publications)
Heather Ann Schmidt
Watching the Spring Festival by Frank Bidart
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
A Civic Pageant by Frank Montesonti (Black Lawrence Press)
Lovesick by Howie Good (The Poetry Press)
Elizabeth Kate Switaj
[+!] by Kane X. Faucher, Matina Stamatakis, John Moore Williams
(Calliope Nerve Media)
stains: early poems by Lori A. May (Bohemian Street Press)
Bone Dream by Moira MacDougall (Tightrope Books)
Claire Keyes
Carta Marina: A Poem in Three Parts by Ann Fisher-Wirth
(Wings Press)
Cheryl & Janet Snell
shana linda~pretty pretty by Nanette Rayman-Rivera
(Scattered Light Publications)
Making Good Use of August by Sherry O’Keefe (Finishing Line Press)
Chaperons of a Lost Poet by John Vick (BlazeVOX Books)
Rachel Dacus
In Praise of Falling by Cheryl Dumesnil
(University of Pittsburgh Press)
Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease,
edited by Holly J. Hughes, foreward by Tess Gallagher
(Kent State University Press)
Thank you to all the generous writers who’ve participated
and to the bloggers who’ve included links on their blogs.
And thank you, readers.

15 thoughts on “Some Favourite Poetry Collections of 2009: Part Eight

  1. Julie

    Thank you so much, Michelle. Each new list has been a wealth of information. I have enjoyed looking up many of the books and can’t wait to read them.

  2. Michelle Post author

    Thank you for taking the time to send me your choices, Julie.

  3. Nanette

    Hi Michelle,

    Thank you so much! And thank you to Janet and Cheryl Snell of Scattered Light Publications ~ I am honored!


  4. Nanette


    wow! Thank you! I didn’t see this at first – and I didn’t even know about this list. Your “Horrific Confection” is just lucious!


  5. Divya Rajan

    Thank you for the list!

    Two books I’ve personally loved this year:
    Gogol in Rome by Katia Kapovich & The Admirable Miry Clay by Talia Reed.

  6. Michelle Post author

    Jo, thank you for your choices.

    Thanks for visiting, Nanette and Divya.

  7. Regina

    Oh, wow, Michelle- I’ve totally missed all of these posts. Life has been a little crazy here but I want to go back through all of them and make my own list from all these wonderful lists!
    Sorry to be such a late-comer to all the fun!

  8. Michelle Post author

    Thanks for the link.

    Love the title “some misplaced joan of arc”. It’s intriguing.

  9. christine

    Hey, I’m finally surfacing from my pile of student papers and my final exam…These recommendations are a lot of fun, Michelle. I’m still amazed at how most people have come up with three different books. So many!

  10. Crystal Warren

    Thanks for doing this Michelle. I am enjoying reading all the lists. So many new books and poets to discover.

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