Each December I reflect upon the best of what i’ve read of titles published this year. Like previous years, this year’s “most engaging books” list reflects what i found most fascinating / useful / generative. Seek out these volumes, every one will reward the search. Your local, independent, bookstore can help….

This is the cream of the crop for 2017, seriously:


Howe, Susan. Debths. (New Directions)

Métail. Michèle. Wild Geese Returning: Chinese Reversible Poems. (NYRB)

Queyras, Sina. My Ariel. (Coach House Books)

Rinne, Cia. L’Usage du Mot. (Gylendal)

Villoro, Federico Pérez and Christopher Hamamoto. Printer Prosthetic: Futura. (Printed Matter)

Wolf-Rehfeldt, Ruth. Signs Fiction. (Motto Books)


Crowe, Michael. An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in GTA Online. (Studio Operative)

Desnos, Robert. The Punishments of Hell. (Atlas Press)

Garréta, Anne. Not One Day. (Deep Vellum)


Briggs, Kate. This Little Art. (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

Hunt, Andrew and Nicola Simpson, eds. dom sylvester houédard. (Richard Saltoun)

Krukowski, Damon. The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World. (The New Press)

Scott, Jordan. Lanterns at Guantánamo. (SFU writers in residence chapbook series)

Photography (& more)

Zelazo, Suzanne, ed. Janieta Eyre: Incarnations. (Coach House Books)