Poetry

Priestdaddy

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594633737
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2017

Poet Patricia Lockwood’s memoir is hilarious and brilliantly weird as Lockwood tells the story of her unique family through her unique perspective. Her prose is like tripping as you walk into the room, grabbing onto a potted plant for balance, but, for once in your life, instead of falling on your face, you’re able to spin around until you’ve reset yourself like a tango dancer dipping nonplussed ficus. After spending time with Lockwood, you feel like you see a different world. This book gives you a new set of eyes.

Josh


In Praise of Defeat

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780914671596
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Published: Archipelago Books - January 17th, 2017

This a powerful career spanning collection by a poet who was tortured and jailed for eight years for his political activism in Morocco. The poetry is dark and unsettling but also beautiful and uplifting. Laabi’s voice is one of proud, even exuberant defiance. This collection is a punch to jaw, but the kind of punch that lets you know you’re ready to fight.

Josh


Seven New Generation African Poets

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By Kwame Dawes (Editor), Chris Abani (Editor), Tj Dema
$29.95
ISBN: 9781940646589
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Published: Slapering Hol Press - April 15th, 2014

Introduce yourself to seven young, African poets you’re unlikely to encounter anywhere else. This collection of chapbooks, selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani is a fantastic introduction to the poetry being written today in Africa. A must for poetry fans and readers of world literature.

Josh


Blackacre

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977504
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 6th, 2016

Blackacre bristles with ambition as the Monica Youn (a lawyer by trade) digs into the soil of American identity. Using different forms, repeating titles, and borrowing terms from jurisprudence, Youn’s third book is a brilliant poetic object.

Josh


Jazz Day

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By Roxane Orgill, Francis Vallejo (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780763669546
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 8th, 2016

Jazz fans, would-be jazz fans, poetry lovers, photographers or just folks who appreciate ingenious picture books – this one is for you. The making of the Harlem 1958 photo is presented in a unique and totally interesting way. One of a kind!!

Carol

 


The Hungry Ear

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The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink Cover Image
By Kevin Young (Editor)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781608197682
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - October 28th, 2014

I spent weeks furtively flipping through pages each time I walked by the poetry section before I finally broke down and bought this anthology. Edited by acclaimed poet Kevin Young, The Hungry Ear is all about food, drink, and the ways in which our choices at the table color every aspect of our lives. Reminisce with old favorites and discover new loves in these pages, and most of all, get hungry.

Rebecca

 


BAN EN BANLIEUE

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ISBN: 9781937658243
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Published: Nightboat Books - January 6th, 2015

This dense and beautiful book touches a wide range of topics including gender, race, violence, and art, taking the first few moments of a riot and meditating and expanding on them until the moment touches so much more. The act of creation, of poetry, of storytelling is the centerpiece of Kapil’s brilliant book, so I highly recommend this for writers and other artists.

JOSH

 


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