Flavorwire Releases List of Top 50 Independent Books of 2014


Late last week, Flavorwire released its list of the top 50 independent books of 2014. The list is multi-genre, including fiction, poetry and translation.

While the overwhelming majority of the titles are fiction and translation, several notable poetry and poetry hybrid collections are named. Graywolf press, in particular, has a significant presence on the list, as three of its collections appear. In fact, at number one is National Book Award nominee Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric, published by Graywolf in October of this year. Matthea Harvey’s If the Tabloids Are True What Are You? and DA Powell’s Tea, Lunch, and Cocktails, a collection of his first three books, also made the list. Both Harvey and Powell’s collections are published by Graywolf.

Andrew Durbin’s hybrid text Mature Themes from Nightboat Press also appears on the list, as does Saeed Jones’s latest, Prelude to Bruise, from Coffee House Press. Tim Earley’s latest, Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery, from Horse Less Press, made the list as well.

Also of interest is a poetry pamphlet by Anne Carson called The Albertine Workout. The pamphlet includes 59 paragraphs detailing Carson’s research on Albertine, Marcel’s love interest in Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu.

Check out the complete list here.