Monday, November 22, 2021

Poetry and the New York Times 100 Notable Books

Every year, the New York Times releases a list of 100 Notable Books. Given my interest in tracking poetry news, I often take notice of the poetry volumes that make the list. Over the last ten years (2011 - 2021), the Times has selected 34 volumes of poetry for the list.

Most years during the last decade, 3 volumes appeared on the list. In 2011, 2014, and 2016, 4 volumes made the list. In 2012 and 2021, 2 volumes made the list. 

For decades now, people have wondered whether poetry is dying. At the same time, people (poets, most vocally) have stated that poetry is quite popular. 

The New York Times 100 Notable Books indicates that poetry is reliably present, but its presence on their list at least is relatively small.

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