Kathleen Rooney's suggestions:
The French Exit by Elisa Gabbert (Birds, LLC)
EG is my co-conspirator, so I’m biased, but this collection is objectively outstanding.
Bluets by Maggie Nelson (Wave Books)
It’s hard to think of enough good things to say about this hybrid book, but here are just a few.
Ventrakl by Christian Hawkey (Ugly Duckling Press)
Latin phrases are not to be tossed around lightly, but this book is “sui generis”—matchless and amazing.
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Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, and the author, most recently, of the essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs (Counterpoint, 2010). With Elisa Gabbert, she is the author of That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths, 2008). Her chapbook After Robinson Has Gone is forthcoming from Greying Ghost.