April is National Poetry Month, and here are three fresh new books of poems.
Fidelity (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) by Grace Paley, who died last year after a career as a brilliant writer of fiction, offers well-wrought poems that read like micro short stories.
God Particles (Houghton Mifflin) by Thomas Lux is a collection of the Georgia poet's engaging, beautifully crafted works about the mysteries of the quotidian: mice, surgery, Jesus' baby teeth.
Old War (Houghton Mifflin) by Alan Shapiro gathers poems in many forms and styles, their speakers ranging from a little girl on a swing to a standup comic in heaven, their subjects from night-blooming flowers to Abu Ghraib photos.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor