I found Rita Dove's book to be equal parts highbrow and lowbrow - she creates poems that the most tenured literature professor can enjoy alongside poems a standard American will understand.
Book Review: Speak
This review does not do Laurie Halse Anderson's novel any justice.
Book Review: Dearly: New Poems
I loved getting to know the poetic side of Margaret Atwood, my OG in the world of feminist literature.