It’s been a great year for poetry at Granta. We’d like to share with you our 10 most popular posts this year:
‘I did not understand
the code that held
me to the world.’
This elegy is included in Sky Burial: New and Selected Poems, which will be published by Carcanet in 2020.
‘the witch thinks about what it would be like to fuck the government
the government would be an octopus would it or no a giant squid’
Two poems from the collection WITCH, out now from Penned in the Margins.
‘When I asked him why he had not called
he explained to me that he had been buried alive
and that he did not have a phone.’
Translated from the Spanish by Cassandra Gillig and Anne Boyer.
‘Do I look good in this body? In this red
or this green, every colour is alone’
From the collection After the Formalities, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
‘i love it when poems
and the light
creeps under the door’
From the collection Hello, published by Partus Press.
‘The Tanners are like mushrooms: born with every molecule
they’ll ever need.’
‘Full House’ and ‘My Mother Visits Me in Prison’ by American poet Jennifer L. Knox.
‘This had happened once before,
when my life first split
into comfort and pain.’
Jenny George’s ‘Autobiography of a Vulture’ and ‘Two Rabbits’.
‘You can rise to a level of not knowing that’s untouched by entropy.
Out of uncertainty, openness: order is maintained.’
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge’s A Treatise on Stars will be available from New Directions in 2020.
‘Real anger is suffused with desperation. It doesn’t go away. It murmurs beneath the crust of the ground, or a person who serves as the ground you stand on.’
These poems are included in The Year of Blue Water, winner of the 2018 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize.
‘Just look at those nasty trees flaunt
their leaves, each one a tra-la-la.’
Mark Waldron’s collection Sweet, like Rinky-Dink is published by Bloodaxe Books.