Poetry

Where Now: New and Selected Poems

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ISBN: 9781556595127
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - July 4th, 2017

 

I discovered Laura Kasischke's poetry shortly after my grandmother passed away, when the poet's corporeal descriptions of grief felt particularly poignant. My appreciation for her poetry has only grown over the years. Her beautiful and sometimes heart-wrenching depictions of how we remember our experiences, our relationships and losses, and our mortality reveal something new to me every time I read them.

Stacey


Wade in the Water

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ISBN: 9781555978136
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 3rd, 2018

 

Tracy K. Smith brings her incredible craft and compassionate eye to the job of US Poet Laureate. Her latest collection explores both our current political moment and our complicated national history, featuring the environmental destruction wreaked by Dupont, police brutality, racial inequality, political unrest, womanhood and motherhood, and an especially moving piece created from letters from black soldiers in the Civil War. These poems are luminous and illuminating, timely and timeless. Pick it up.

 

Kate


Poet X

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ISBN: 9780062662804
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Published: HarperTeen - March 6th, 2018

 

A novel in verse. Acevedo writes lyrically of being a teenager, a Latina, a twin, a Catholic, a daughter - and all her identities swirl together as we witness the creation of a poet. As soon as I finished the book I felt I had to start reading her poetry immediately.

David


Priestdaddy

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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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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), Tjwangwa Dema
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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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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


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