John's New Year Picks 2022
Selected by John Clegg
2022 is shaping up to be a vintage year for poetry: just in the next month or so (normally a very dead period), there’s some wonderful books incoming, including Padraig Regan’s long-awaited debut and new collections from Fiona Benson and Alison Brackenbury. There are also some exciting reissues of books which have been hard to find for a long time: Harlem Renaissance legend Claude McKay’s Harlem Shadows, and the Vita Sackville-West translations of Rilke’s Duino Elegies. And there’s also The Citizen – what sounds like an indispensable guide to the construction of Roy Fisher’s masterpiece, the long poem City, including drafts, variant texts and an early precursor in prose, all edited by Peter Robinson. For Fisher enthusiasts (everybody should be a Fisher enthusiast) this will be unmissable.