Angles of Ascent: a Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry edited by Charles Henry Rowell
Death Dance of a Butterfly by Melba Joyce Boyd ~ "an insightful examination of her relationships with family, friends, and collegues. She writes of the complexities, joys and sadnesses of lives shared, and the influences of daily living on them."
Two Yvonnes by Jessica Greenbaum ~ Written in "plain American that cats and dogs can read," as Marianne Moore phrased it.
Place: New Poems by Jorie Graham ~ An extraordinary American artist whom The New Yorker calls "a mesmerizing voice" Graham is renowned for poetry that is startling, original, and deeply relevant, and has been placed in the poetic lineage of such masters as T.S. Eliot and John Ashbery.