Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

2016 Poetry

Chicago Review of Books: 12 Best Poetry Books of 2016

21 January 2017

Chicago Review of Books: 12 Best Poetry Books of 2016

[see also 2018, 2017]

E. Ce Miller: 12 Best Poetry Collections of 2016

12 January 2017

E. Ce Miller: 12 Best Poetry Collections of 2016, as published by Bustle

[see also 2018, 2017]

John Freeman: 10 Best Poetry Books of 2016

01 January 2017

John Freeman: 10 Best Poetry Books of 2016, as published by The Boston Globe

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2016

31 December 2016

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2016

[see also 2018, 2017, 2012]

Library Journal: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2016

31 December 2016

Library Journal: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2016

[see also 2019]

David Orr: 10 Best Poetry Books of 2016

24 December 2016

David Orr: 10 Best Poetry Books of 2016, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015]

Dennis Cooper: 23 Favorite Poetry Books of 2016

23 December 2016

Dennis Cooper: 23 Favorite Poetry Books of 2016 (“in no order”)

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2012]

Michael Robbins: 4 Best Poetry Books of 2016

22 December 2016

Michael Robbins: 4 Best Poetry Books of 2016, as published by The Chicago Tribune

[see also 2018, 2017, 2012]

Dan Chiasson: 8 Best Poetry Books of 2016

21 December 2016

Dan Chiasson: 8 Best Poetry Books of 2016, as published by The New Yorker

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015]

Elizabeth Lund: 5 Best Poetry Collections of 2016

19 December 2016

Elizabeth Lund: 5 Best Poetry Collections of 2016, as published by The Washington Post

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015]