As a reader, my year has been defined by essay and poetry collections by two writers. Mary Oliver released an excellent selected essays volume, Upstream, which I found engrossing and comforting. However, Oliver's poetry collection, Felicity, and Kim Addonizio's essay collection Bukowski in a Sundress loom the largest in my mind. I wrote extensively about both, and the links for those essays are below. Addonzio also released an excellent poetry collection, which I discuss in my review as well.
It's been a challenging year, and books have been a great comfort facing 2016's political and social turmoil.