New and recent books offer solace and perspective during these uncertain months.
“Written with mournful and harrowing clarity, this collection reveals an America grown accustomed to cruelty and forgetting,” PW’s starred review said of this poignant investigation of loss and memory in a time of social unrest. See our q&a with Oates, “Stark Bewilderment.”
Comprising 16 chapbooks by emerging and established poets, this anthology pays witness to the Covid-19 pandemic through verse and photographs.
Ossip examines the United States in these meditative poems, the longest of which is a travelogue across the country. Her verse is rich with images of America, capturing its beliefs and defeats.
The fourth anthology in the publisher’s Staying Alive series—tagline: “real poems for unreal times”—offers an international selection of more than 500 poems addressing themes of love, loss, fear, and pain, as well as the joy of living.
Together in a Sudden Strangeness
Reflecting on Covid-19 and its long-ranging impacts, this anthology collects 85 poems by prominent writers including Billy Collins, Jane Hirshfield, Ada Limón, and Carl Phillips.
In poems that contemplate the end of the world, Robbins examines the political moment and current ecological crisis, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic.
When the Heart Needs a Stunt Double
DeCillis investigates pain, loss, and survival through themes of rebirth and perseverance. The human body is personified in her poems, with the heart treated as a character.
A World Out of Reach
This anthology collects poetry and prose responding to the events of spring 2020, including the Covid-19 pandemic, and considers topics of public policy and social justice.
Written After a Massacre in the Year 2018
In his sixth book, Borzutzky explores the aftermath of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, as well as widespread violence and environmental destruction, using metaphors of virus and vaccine to address a “capitalist sickness.”