The Best Poetry Books of 2015


I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975–2014, Eileen Myles (Ecco)

One of the most long-awaited and deserving “selected poems” of 2015, I Must Be Living Twice brings together the work of an artist whose formal agility and deceptively plainspoken style has exerted untold influence on the best American poetry over the course of decades — and perhaps never more so than today. Maybe this is why Myles is talked about as a cult icon; in “cult” I hear not religion but “occult” — the magic of material life and the art of divining what matters.