Here's a list from the national book critics circle board of directors-
It would have been nice to have this BEFORE AWP where I could have gotten some of these titles for half price! I'm not sure I agree with all of them (Sir Gawain? Don't care) (Charles Wright? Another nature laden word splurge, no thanks- and BTW, get some new pictures out there on the web where you look distinguished instead of silly).
Poetry Books to read (from Critical Mass): (* marks are ones I have or would like to read)
Simon Armitage, "Sir Gawain and the Green Night: A New Verse Translation,"
*John Ashbery, "Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems,"
Geoffrey Hill, "A Treatise of Civil Power,"
Michael O'Brien, "Sleeping and Waking,"
Philip Schulz, "Failure,"
Charles Simic, "Sixty Poems,"
Philip Whalen, "The Collected Poems of Philp Whalen,"
*Rae Armantrout, "Next Life,"
Rick Barot, "Want: Poems,"
Marvin Bell, "Mars Being Red,"
*Eavan Boland, "Domestic Violence: Poems,"
Charles Bukowski, "The Pleasures of the Damned: Poems, 1953-1991,"
Stuart Dischell, "Backwards Days,"
Allen Grossman, "Descartes' Loneliness,"
Matthea Harvey, "Modern Life: Poems,"
*Julia Hartwig, "In Praise of the Unfinished: Selected Poems,"
*Ted Kooser, "Valentines,"
Kevin Prufer, "National Anthem,"
Tadeusz Rozewicz, "New Poems,"
David Shapiro, "New and Selected Poems: 1965-2006,"
*Ellen Bryant Voigt, "Messenger: New and Selected Poems, 1976-2006,"
Charles Wright, "Littlefoot: A Poem,"
*Dean Young, "Embryoyo."