There were so many fine books of poetry released in 2011 that I really don't know where to begin.
Instead of attempting to choose my favorites, I am focusing instead on a book that became available yesterday. It's called Fire on Her Tongue, and it's an e-book anthology of contemporary women's poetry edited by Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy, two amazing poets in their own rite.
Amazon.com is selling Fire on Her Tongue for just $7.99, a steal beyond steal. It includes poetry by Patricia Smith, Natasha Saje, Dorianne Laux, and many, many other fine female American poets.
Buy it today for hours of reading pleasure in 2012.