Works published in English
- Ciarán Carson: The Alexandrine Plan, (adaptations of sonnets by Baudelaire, Mallarmé, and Rimbaud); Gallery :Press, Wake Forest University Press
- Seamus Heaney:
- Audenesque, Maeght
- Opened Ground: Poems 1966-1996, Faber & Faber; in the United States, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux; a New York Times "notable book of the year" for 1999
- Paul Henry, The Milk Thief, Seren
- Ted Hughes:
- Jackie Kay, Off Colour United Kingdom
- Sean O'Brien:
- Editor, The Firebox: Poetry in Britain and Ireland after 1945 (Picador), anthology
- The Deregulated Muse: Essays on Contemporary British and Irish Poetry (Bloodaxe), criticism
Criticism, scholarship and biography in the United Kingdom
- John Ashbery:
- The Mooring of Starting Out: The First Five Books of Poetry (Ecco) collection of the poet's work from 1956 to 1972; a New York Times "notable book of the year"
- Ted Berrigan, Great Stories of the Chair
- Henri Cole, The Visible Man
- Billy Collins, Picnic, Lightning (ISBN 0-8229-4066-3)
- Fanny Howe, Q
- Deborah Garrison, A Working Girl Can't Win: And Other Poems, (Random House); a New York Times "notable book of the year"
- Lee Harwood, Morning Light
- Kenneth Koch, Straits: Poems, New York: Knopf
- David Lehman, general editor, Harold Bloom, guest editor, The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-1997
- William Logan, Vain Empires: Poems, (Penguin, paper); a New York Times "notable book of the year"
- Michael Palmer, The Lion Bridge: Selected Poems 1972-1995 (New Directions), first retrospective of Palmer's work selected by the author himself reprinting much work that had gone out of print
- Carl Phillips, From the Devotions
- Marie Ponsot, The Bird Catcher, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
- Frederick Seidel Going Fast: Poems, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux); a New York Times "notable book of the year"
- Mark Strand, Blizzard of One: Poems, (Knopf); a New York Times "notable book of the year"
- Patti Smith, Patti Smith Complete
- James Tate, Shroud of the Gnomes: Poems, (Ecco); a New York Times "notable book of the year"
- Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop, Well Well Reality (The Post-Apollo Press)
Criticism, scholarship and biography in the United States
- Kenneth Koch, Making Your Own Days: The Pleasures of Reading and Writing Poetry, New York: Scribner
- Mary Oliver, Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse
Poems from these 75 poets were in The Best American Poetry 1999
, general editor David Lehman
, guest editor John Hollander
Works published in other languages
Awards and honors
- Cholmondeley Award: Roger McGough, Robert Minhinnick, Anne Ridler, Ken Smith
- Eric Gregory Award: Mark Goodwin, Joanne Limburg, Patrick McGuinness, Kona Macphee, Esther Morgan, Christiania Whitehead, Frances Williams
- Forward Poetry Prize Best Collection: Ted Hughes, Birthday Letters (Faber and Faber)
- Forward Poetry Prize Best First Collection: Paul Farley, The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You (Picador)
- Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: Les Murray
- T. S. Eliot Prize (United Kingdom and Ireland): Ted Hughes, Birthday Letters (Faber and Faber)
- Whitbread Award for poetry and for book of the year: Ted Hughes, Birthday Letters (Faber and Faber)
- Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize: Shara McCallum, The Water Between Us
- Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry: X.J. Kennedy
- American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Drama: Horton Foote
- American Academy of Arts and Letters: Robert Fagles elected a member of the Literature Department
- American Book Award: Angela Y. Davis, "Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday"
- American Book Award: Allison Hedge Coke, "Dog Road Woman", Coffee House Press "American Book Award 1998"
- Bernard F. Connors Prize for Poetry: Sherod Santos, "Elegy for My Sister", and (separately) Neil Azevedo, "Caspar Hauser Songs"
- Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry: Frank Bidart, Desire
- National Book Award for poetry: Gerald Stern, This Time: New and Selected Poems
- Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Charles Wright, Black Zodiac
- Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize: W.S. Merwin
- Wallace Stevens Award: A. R. Ammons
- William Carlos Williams Award: John Balaban, Locusts at the Edge of Summer: New and Selected Poems, Judge: Robert Phillips
- Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets: Charles Simic
- January 23 — John Forbes, 47, Australian poet
- March 23 — Hilda Morley, 81, American poet, after a fall
- April 19 — Octavio Paz, 84, Mexican writer, poet, diplomat, and winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature
- April 30 — Nizar Qabbani, 75, Syrian diplomat, poet and publisher of Arabic poetry
- June 25 — John Malcolm Brinnin, American poet and critic
- July 1 — Martin Seymour-Smith, British poet, critic and biographer
- July 14 — Miroslav Holub, 75, a Czech poet and immunologist
- July 28 — Zbigniew Herbert, influential Polish poet, essayist and moralist
- October 28 — Ted Hughes, 68, English poet and British Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death
- date not known — Aimee Joan Grunberger, 44, of cancer
- date not known — Michalis Katsaros, Greek