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We at 32 Poems have you’ve enjoyed the previous 26 days of poetry book recommendations from a wide range of poets. We continue this effort today with selections from Juliana Gray.

1. Meadowlands, Louise Gluck. Does Louise Gluck really need more press? Does she need me to promote her? No and no. Nevertheless, I adore this book. It’s one of the most spare, most moving depictions of heartbreak that I’ve ever read.

2. Ecstatic in the Poison, Andrew Hudgins. Hudgins creates some truly scary material (Vikings, Romans, angels, demons, growing up in Alabama), and does not flinch.

3. Becoming the Villainess, Jeannine Hall Gailey. Gailey brushes the dust off the ol’ dramatic monologue and lets characters like Wonder Woman, Lara Croft, and a certain vampire slayer have at it. Pop culture meets myth, and they get along famously.

4. Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York, by Frank X Walker. I’m a sucker for personas and historical poems. These lyrics are spoken by York, the slave who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their explorations, and they’re absolutely gorgeous in their voice and spare, powerful imagery.

5. After the Revival, Carrie Jerrell. I love poems about music, perhaps because I’ve never been able to successfully write one myself, and Jerrell pulls it off masterfully. Even the poems that aren’t about music have a drawl and rhythm that should be spun on an old jukebox.

BIO: Juliana Gray is the author of Roleplay (forthcoming from Dream Horse Press) and The Man Under My Skin. She teaches at Alfred University in western New York and at the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference.


Here are five first poetry books that Carrie Jerrell likes a lot:

1. Evie Shockley’s a half-red sea
2. Rebecca Black’s Cottonlandia
3. David Roderick’s Blue Colonial
4. Josh Bell’s No Planets Strike
5. Kevin McFadden’s Hardscrabble

BIO: Carrie Jerrell’s collection After the Revival won the 2008 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. She is an assistant professor of English and associate director of the low-residency MFA program at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.


These recommendations celebrate National Poetry Month and share five of Jeannine Hall Gailey’s favorite poetry books. — Well, I have so many more than five poetry books that I love, really love, so I had to narrow it down by some self-imposed parameters, so I decided to focus on books by women that used humor […]

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Today’s five recommendations come from Sally Molini. Please see below for more information on her work. God Particles Thomas Lux Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2008 Long ago, for better or worse, the double-edged sword of human potential took over management of the world. Given the fact that the same homo sapien mind which conceives of transcendence, […]


Celebrate National Poetry Month with 32 Poems. We’re sharing more than 215 favorite poetry books suggested by 43 poets in 30 days—and we’re sharing them with you. Thanks to Reb Livingston for the inspiration behind this idea. Each year, she invites poets to share their favorite books in December. Through this celebration, we hope to: […]