Ripening, Paul Hunter: wonderful poems of farming and the land.
Brief Weather & I Guess a Sort of Vision, Anthony Robinson: I love how this book is formatted sideways compared to most books, and includes commentary about the poems on the backs of the pages. Fun stuff.
Ploughshares, ed Edward Hirsch: a lot of good work here. My favorite: Nicholas Christopher's "14 rue Serpentine." Wow.
The Anteroom of Paradise, Bruce Bond
Harmless Medicine, Justin Chin
Dance From Inside My Bones, Lana Hechtman Ayers: "This Rose-Shaped Scar" is devastating.
Ripple Effect, Elaine Equi (I have blogged about this before).
embryoyo, Dean Young
A Primer on Parallel Lives, Dan Gerber: wonderful Zen/nature poems.
Three Fables, Stringfellow Barr & Jennifer Borges Foster: a wonderful erased poem made from an old fairy tale.
For Love of Common Words, Steve Scafidi
Blackbird and Wolf, Henri Cole: the bookjacket says these poems are "neither confessional nor abstract." I would argue they are a little of both.
China Basin, Clemens Starck: he writes beautifully of labor and the work of hands.
Traveling Incognito, Clemens Stark: ditto
The Light at the Edge, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre
Vellum, Matt Donovan: beautiful long-lined poems. Winner of the Bread Loaf Prize.
A Fiddle Pulled from the Throat of a Sparrow, Noah Eli Gordon: horrible author photo; beautiful poems. Ellipitcal, disjunctive, but they work for the most part.
Earlier Poems, Franz Wright: he was dark and depressing even back then (no surprise), but these are amazing poems. I love his stuff.
This Year You Write Your Novel, Walter Mosely : and this year I hope I will.