The 50 Best American Poetry Books of the Decade so Far


Yusef Komunyakaa, The Chameleon Couch (FSG, 2011)

There is an effortless historical expansiveness, almost a mythological grandeur, that belies the lyricism of the poems in this great collection. Quietly one of the stronger entries in the 2010s.

A twisted globe of flesh
is held together by what
it pushes against.