The Most Anticipated Poetry Books of 2016


Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015, Kevin Young (February, Knopf)

Cinema, visual art, the blues, food and drink, loss and grief, the story of the Amistad rebels — there is virtually no aesthetic, emotional, or intellectual world untouched by Kevin Young’s poetry. And Blue Laws, published next month, will survey almost the entirety of this astonishing output. It is one of the most important books of the year in any category.