Splitting an Order, by Ted Kooser

Simple, measured, and settled, the poems in Ted Kooser's new collection were composed by an artist with nothing further to prove.


E. E. Cummings: Complete Poems, 1904–1962 and The Collected Poems of James Laughlin

E. E. Cummings and James Laughlin didn’t write with metaphysical or philosophical ambition. But that doesn’t mean their poetry doesn’t matter.


Gold, by Barbara Crooker

Barbara Crooker enters the shades and brush strokes of daily life with such reverence that readers want to take notice, live better, and die better.


The poet and politics

As two new biographies and a massive collection of poems show, Denise Levertov's distinctive work and life remain relevant and rewarding.


Once in the West: Poems, by Christian Wiman

Fall books

Christian Wiman offers further evidence that his voice is among the most compelling in contemporary poetry. These poems are filled with theological conundrums, unanswered questions, brutal answers to questions never formed, and above all, contradictions.