Poetry in motion
These books offer new poems, a new view of how poets live and a new look at a major poet.
The Best American Poetry 2013 (Scribner), edited by David Lehman and guest editor Denise Duhamel of Florida International University, gathers dozens of fine new poems, both experimental and traditional, from a range of outstanding contemporary poets.
What Poets Are Like: Up and Down With the Writing Life (Sasquatch Books) by Gary Soto is a funny and engaging "writer's confession," very short stories about the realities of life as a poet that sometimes turn into poems.
What W.H. Auden Can Do for You (Princeton) by Alexander McCall Smith, prolific novelist (the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, among others) and medical professor and now a literary critic with this charming, insightful, personal look at one of the 20th century's great poets.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor