So many amazing poetry collections have been released in 2018, and, as the year draws to a close, I wanted to run through some of my favorites.
What we miss—what we lose and what we mourn—isn’t it this that makes us who, deep down, we truly are. To say nothing of what we wanted in life but never got to have.
—Sigrid Nunez, The Friend
Our memories select, eliminate, exaggerate, minimize, glorify, denigrate. They create their own versions of events and serve up their own reality. Disparate, but cohesive. Imperfect yet sincere.
—Négar Djavadi, Disoriental
A raw, honest treatment of the problems they faced every day would only end in frustration at the absence of solutions, making it impossible to arrive at places one could only reach in books.
—Yoko Tawada, The Emissary
Tomorrow the 69th National Book Awards ceremony will be held, featuring the presentation of lifetime achievement awards to Isabel Allende and Doron Weber, as well as the announcement of the winners of each NBA category (Young People’s Literature, Translated Literature, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction). Information on how to livestream the event can be found here.
For this week of Nonfiction November I’ll be pairing nonfiction titles with books nominated for National Book Awards, from Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers to Négar Djavadi’s Disoriental.