Essential Fall Poetry Previews: Oct. 2021, Pt. 5 | Prepub Alert

Five key poetry collections for every library.

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Akbar, Kaveh. Pilgrim Bel: Poems. Graywolf. Aug. 2021. 80p. ISBN 9781644450598. pap. $16. POETRY

Bidart, Frank. Against Silence: Poems. Farrar. Sept. 2021. 80p. ISBN 9780374603519.cover of Gluck's Winter Recipes $25. POETRY

Glück, Louise. Winter Recipes from the Collective: Poems. Farrar. Oct. 2021. 64p. ISBN 9780374604103. $25. POETRY

Smith, Tracy K. Such Color: New and Selected Poems. Graywolf. Oct. 2021. 256p. ISBN 9781644450673. $26. POETRY

Young, Kevin. Stones: Poems. Knopf. Sept. 2021. 96p. ISBN 9781524732561. $27. POETRY

Recently appointed poetry editor at the Nation, Iranian American poet/scholar Akbar follows up his corrosively beautiful debut, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, with Pilgrim Bell, a courageous spiritual journey that captures the addict’s ongoing struggle and the challenges of being Muslim in an Islamophobic nation. Bidart, whose multiple awards include a Pulitzer, tops off five decades of writing with a book arguing Against Silence in its embrace of the world. In Winter Recipes from the Collective, her first collection since winning the Nobel Prize, Glück joins voices together in a sort of chamber work to investigate loss, memory, and the quiet stride toward mortality (50,000-copy first printing). Former U.S. Poet Laureate, Smith offers her first retrospective with Such Color, selecting works from four previous volumes while continuing to push boundaries with her new poems. Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, previously director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and poetry editor at The New Yorker, Young revisits places and people leaving holes in his life in Stones.

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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