The Definitive List of Must-Read Poetry Books from 2016 (So Far)


Scarecrow, Robert Fernandez (February; Wesleyan)

Robert Fernandez’s third collection of poetry overflows with mentions of food. The flapjacks, cabbage leaves, spaghetti, and whatever else fill this thing up with viscera that embodies a basic existentialism in such physical terms that the work, as a whole, makes a case for life not only as a thing that must be lived, but one that can be easily wasted through inaction. It is as motivating a work as a book of poetry can be. – SB