Olé, Olena! No. 4 on the Scarriet Hot 100
1. Claudia Rankine –Seems everyone wanted her to win the National Book Award
2. Louise Gluck –Won the National Book Award. Coming into focus as morbid lyricist
3. Dan Chiasson –Coveted reviewing perch in the glossy pages of the New Yorker
4. Olena K. Davis –Praised by #3 for “Do you know how many men would paykilldie/for me to suck their cock? fuck”
5. Terrance Hayes –2014 Best American Poetry Editor for David Lehman’s annual series (since 1988)
6. Patricia Lockwood –Her book, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals made NY Times most notable 2014 book list
7. Rita Dove —What was all that fuss about her anthology, again?
8. Henri Cole —Poetry editor part of mass resignation at New Republic
9. Valerie Macon –appointed laureate of North Carolina, resigned due to firestorm because she lacked credentials
10. Helen Vendler –Contributing editor in TNR’s mass exodus
11. Glyn Maxwell –British poet and editor of The Poetry Of Derek Walcott 1948-2013
12. James Booth –author of Philip Larkin: Life, Art, and Love
13. Afaa Michael Weaver –this spring won the Kingsley Tufts Award: $100,000 dollars
14. Frederick Seidel –Stirred outrage with a strange poem about Ferguson.
15. Clive James –Got into some controversy about racism and sex reviewing Booth’s book on Philip Larkin in the Times
16. William Logan –The honest reviewer is the best critic.
17. Ron Silliman –Elegy & Video-Cut-and-Paste Blog
18. John Ashbery –Perennial BAP poet
19. Cathy Park Hong –Wrote “Fuck the Avant-garde” before Brown/Garner protests: Hong says poetry avant-garde is racist.
20. Philip Nikolayev –Poet, translator, Fulcrum editor, currently touring India as beloved U.S. poetry guest
21. Marilyn Chin –Poet, translator, new book from Norton, currently touring Asia as beloved U.S. poetry guest
22. Daniel Borzutzky –Guest blogger on Poetry Foundation’s Blog Harriet: “We live in an occupied racist police state”
23. Ben Mazer –Brings out Collected Poems of John Crowe Ransom—as po-biz churns with racial indignation
24. Nathaniel Mackey –Headlined poetry reading at Miami Book Fair International.
25. Marjorie Perloff —Now we get it: the avant-garde is conservative
26. Amy Berkowitz –Wrote on VIDA Web page how everyone has been raped and how we can be safe.
27. Yelena Gluzman –Ugly Duckling editor publishes vol. 3 of annual document of performance practice, Emergency Index
28. Carol Ann Duffy –British poet laureate gave riveting reading in Mass Poetry festival (Salem, MA) this spring
29. P.J. Harvey –Rocker to publish book of poems in 2015—Good luck. Rock is easier.
30. Christian Nagler –poet in Adjunct Action: “SF Art Institute: faculty are 80% adjunct and have no say in the functioning of the institution”
31. Major Jackson –Wins $25,000 NEA grant.
32. Divya Victor –Her book, Things To Do With Your Mouth, wins CA Conrad’s Sexiest Poetry Award.
33. Kenny Goldsmith —wears a two-million-ton crown
34. Donald Hall –new book, Essays After Eighty
35. Mary Oliver –new book, Blue Horses: Poems
36. Charles Wright –2015’s U.S. Poet Laureate
37. Stephen Burt –Harvard critic looking for funny stuff other than Flarf and Conceptualism.
38. Vijay Seshadri –2014 Pulitzer in Poetry
39. Ron Smith –The new poet laureate of the great state of Virginia! North Carolina still waits…
40. Sherman Alexie –the first poet in BAP 2014. It used to be Ammons.
41. Erin Belieu –Hilarious poem spoofing Seamus Heaney in her new book, Slant Six
42. Robert Pinsky –has influence, authority and a lisp
43. Billy Collins –Becoming critically irrelevant?
44. Adam Kirsch –Senior Editor and poetry critic, also saying goodbye to TNR
45. Cornelius Eady –co-founded Cave Canem.
46. Anne Carson –One of those poets one is supposed to like because they’re a little deeper than you…
47. Lucie Brock-Broido –Emily Dickinson refuses to be channeled
48. Tony Hoagland –still smarting from that tennis poem
49. Bob Hicok –He’s the new Phil Levine, maybe?
50. Yusef Komunyakaa –Won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1993
51. Eileen Myles –Just published a novel about her younger days
52. Sharon Olds –still glowing from her 2013 Pulitzer win, the book showcasing her exploded marriage
53. D.A. Powell –Studied with Vendler at Harvard
54. Cate Marvin –In BAP 2014 and on fire with p.c indignation.
55. Dean Young –wants to be the best poet ever—in a late 70s Iowa Workshop sort of way
56. Chris Hughes —TNR owner: “Despite what has been suggested, the vast majority of our staff remain…excited to build a sustainable and strong New Republic that can endure.”
57. Alan Cordle –changed poetry forever with his Foetry.com
58. George Bilgere –patiently enduring the Collins comparisons
59. William Kulik –the ‘let it all hang out’ prose poem
60. Amy King –Northern Lesbo Elitist
61. Leah Finnegan –Wrote in Gawker of TNR: “White Men Wrong White Man Placed in Charge of White-Man Magazine.”
62. Jorie Graham –Get ready! Her Collected is coming!
63. David Kirby –“The Kirb” teaches in Florida; a less controversial Hoagland?
64. Don Share –edits the little magazine that prints lousy poetry and has a perfunctory, cut-and-paste blog
65. Paul Lewis –BC prof leading Poe Revisionism movement
66. Robert Montes –His I Don’t Know Do You made NPR’s 2014 book list
67. Cameron Conaway –“beautifully realized and scientifically sound lyrics” which “calls attention to a disease that kills over 627,000 people a year” is how NPR describes Malaria, Poems
68. Charles Bernstein –He won. Official Verse Culture is dead. (Now only those as smart as Bernstein read poetry)
69. Richard Howard –Did you know his prose poems have been set to music?
70. Harold Bloom –He has much to say.
71. Camille Paglia –Still trying to fuse politics and art; almost did it with Sexual Personae
72. Vanessa Place –This conceptualist recently participated in a panel.
73. Michael Bazzett —You Must Remember This: Poems “a promising first book” says the New Criterion
74. Matthea Harvey —If the Tabloids Are True What Are You? recommended by Poets.Org
75. Peter Gizzi –His Selected Poems published in 2014
76. Mark Bibbins –Poets.Org likes his latest book of poems
77. Les Murray –New Selected Poems is out from FSG
78. Michael Robbins –writes for the Chicago Tribune
79. Stephen Dunn –The Billy Collins school—Lines of Defense is his latest book
80. Robin Becker —Tiger Heron—latest book from this poet of the Mary Oliver school
81. Cathy Linh Che —Split is her debut collection; trauma in Vietnam and America
82. John Gallaher –Saw a need to publish Michael Benedikt’s Selected Poems
83. Jennifer Moxley –Panelist at the Miami Book Fair International
84. Bob Dylan –Is he really going to win the Nobel Prize?
85. Ann Lauterbach –Discusses her favorite photographs in the winter Paris Review
86. Fanny Howe –Read with Rankine at Miami Book Fair
87. Hannah Gamble –In December Poetry
88. Marianne Boruch —Cadaver, Speak is called a Poets.Org Standout Book
89. Anthony Madrid –His new book is called I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say
90. Robyn Schiff —Revolver is not only a Beatles album.
91. Ted Greenwald —A Mammal of Style with Kit Robinson
92. Rachel Zucker —The Pedestrians is out
93. Dorothea Lasky —Rome is her fourth book
94. Allan Peterson —Precarious is the new book: “the weed field had been/readying its many damp handkerchiefs/all along.”
95. Adrienne Raphel –“lavender first and by far”
96. Gillian Conoley —Peace is chosen as a Poets.Org Standout Book
97. Barbara Hamby –“The Kirb” needs to know. She’s not on the list because of him.
98. Katia Kopovich –She coedits Fulcrum with husband Nikolayev.
99. Doc Luben –“14 lines from love letters or suicide notes” a slam poem viewed a lot on YouTube
100. Tracy K. Smith —2012 Pulitzer in Poetry for Life On Mars