Poetry

I can’t talk about the trees without the blood’

Staff Pick Logo
I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9780822965589
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - September 18th, 2018

 

Tiana Clark is in the room with me, reciting her poetry. At least, that's how it feels when I read it. Her work is so emotionally rich and resonant. "I can't talk about the trees without the blood" is a powerful commentary about being a mixed-race woman in the US today.

Stacey


New Poets of Native Nations

Staff Pick Logo
New Poets of Native Nations Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781555978099
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - July 10th, 2018

 

It's hard to summarize this collection of poetry. There's just so much raw emotion, and each author has their own distinct voice. The poems are all powerful declarations of resilience in the face of generations of societal bigotry and cruelty.

Stacey


The Last Poets

Staff Pick Logo
The Last Poets Cover Image
By Christine Otten, Jonathan Reeder (Translator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781642860030
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: World Editions - October 2nd, 2018

 

How does history become mythology? How do people become legends? What are the borders of poetry and performance and what do we see when we swagger along those jagged edges? The Last Poets were real people; poets & performers at the very roots of hip hop who lived, suffered, and fought with America’s racism. Like the best biopics, Otten’s novel tells the stories of these specific lives in a way that speaks volumes about the world that surrounds them and us.

Josh


feeld

Staff Pick Logo
Feeld Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315052
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - August 14th, 2018

 

How do you write poetry when the language you’re supposed to write in excludes you? How do you find your voice when at least some of the world denies you even exist? In feeld, Charles invades these questions by building an alternative English, one closer to the overt grammatical chaos of Middle English, that allows for a different kind of exploration into how we make languaged-meaning from who we are as people.

Josh


Where Now: New and Selected Poems

Staff Pick Logo
Where Now: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781556595127
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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

Staff Pick Logo
Wade in the Water: Poems Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781555978136
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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


Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Poetry