Best new poetry for July
- •"Look," by Solmaz Sharif (Graywolf)This remarkable debut challenges readers to consider the suffering caused by war. Sharif, who was born in Istanbul to Iranian parents who fled their homeland after the 1979 revolution, recounts some of her family’s experience with exile and immigration as they made their way to the United States, and were forced, early on, to separate.
- •"Corrupted Into Song: The Complete Poems," by Alvin Feinman (Princeton)"Corrupted Into Song" provides a good introduction to this little-known poet whose sensibilities were influenced by Hart Crane and Wallace Stevens and whose best writing stands, according to critic Harold Bloom, “with the most achieved work of his generation.” Feinman, who died in 2008, published just two books in his lifetime. Both are included here, along with 39 unpublished poems
- •"Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing," by Marianne Boruch (Copper Canyon)Boruch, who has published several collections and whose awards include a Guggenheim, always begins with an intriguing image or observation. She then turns it over and over, adding dimensions and associations, sometimes stanza by stanza. The poem “Song Again, in Spring,” for example, begins with a hungry bird seeking a worm, then shifts to drones, GPS and missed turns, and finally to spring, “a thing with wings taking aim.”