One of the blogs I read regularly is Peony Moon by Michelle McGrane. Michelle is a wonderful poet in her own right (or would that be write:) and knows an immense amount about poetry. Her blog is filled with interviews, reviews and other information about the poetry world.
So I was delighted and honoured when she emailed me asking for my participation in a poetry project. Michelle has got a large group of poets from around the world to list their three favourite poetry collections of 2009. Here is the link to one of eight entries, which, taken together provide a large list of books to be read. Favourite Poetry Collections of 2009
Choosing just three books was quite a challenge. There were several more that I would have liked to have mentioned. Then there are all the books published before 2009 that I only got round to reading last year, or reread. So here is my longer list, noting my favourites of the poetry books I read in 2009.
Impredehora – Yvette Christansë
Flashes – Carol Leff
The State of Poetry- Roger McGough
Burnt Offering – Joan Metelerkamp
Rage against the Beast – Sonwabo Meyi
Strange Fruit – Helen Moffet
Thirst – Mary Oliver
Séance for the Body – Wendy Woodward
Tongues of their Mothers – Makhosazana Xaba
Oleander – Fiona Zerbst