Although many books aren’t slated until later in the first quarter, 2015 is already shaping up to be a major year for American poetry, especially with the return of favorites like Mary Jo Bang, new collected works from masters like Jorie Garaham, and a book from perhaps our greatest living poet, John Ashbery. Add to this mix the rediscovery (or first translation) of forgotten yet undeniably major poets like Alejandra Pizarnik and the arrival of younger poets like Uljana Wolf, and it’s clear that poetry in America is firing on all cylinders.
The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems of Mina Loy (January, FSG)
“Is there anyone in America except you, [William Carlos Williams] and Mina Loy who can write anything of interest in verse?” Ezra Pound wrote to Marianne Moore in 1921. Alongside Melville House’s recent publication of her prose, the re-release of Loy’s poems — they’ve been out of print for almost 20 years — should further fuel her American resurgence.