Poetry

Life of the Party

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ISBN: 9781984801906
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - August 20th, 2019

 

Gatwood beautifully describes the tragedy that comes with female adolescence and sexuality in the most raw and immersing fashion. Incredible poet, incredible woman- an all time favorite. Each word spoke to me on a level that I didn’t even know words were capable of reaching. Life of the Party is a page-turner for sure and is something I will forever hold close to my heart. 

Hannah


A Fortune for your Disaster

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ISBN: 9781947793439
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Published: Tin House Books - September 3rd, 2019

Not everything is Sisyphean. No one ever wants to imagine themselves as the boulder.” Hanif’s words have stuck with me since I first heard them, and they keep summoning me back. They convict and inspire as they weave magic and music and messy relationships into something that feels like life but is also more. If you’re not reading Hanif you are missing out.

Caleb


Citizen Illegal

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ISBN: 9781608469543
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 4th, 2018

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off in September! Celebrate it by picking up this devastating, thought-provoking, brimming-with-love collection by Mexican-American poet José Olivarez. Pick it up right now & read any poem at random for a taste (I recommend pg 59 but they're all wonderful).

Kate


If They Come for Us

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ISBN: 9780525509783
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Published: One World - August 7th, 2018

 

April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate it with Fatimah Asghar's IF THEY COME FOR US. I started marking my favorite poems and eventually gave up when I realized every page was dog-eared. This collection entwines poems about the India/Pakistan Partition and Asghar's family history with personal explorations of queerness, the loss of her parents, and growing up as a Pakistani Muslim girl in post-9/11 America. There's truly something in here for everyone.

Kate


We Play a Game

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By Duy Doan, Carl Phillips (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780300230871
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Published: Yale University Press - March 20th, 2018

 

We Play A Game is intimate, poignant, playful, confessional, hilarious, strange, searing, and clever -- often all in the same poem.  Duy Doan writes about being Vietnamese-American, about the Tootsie Pop owl and soccer, about lovers and prayer, language and family.  Winner of the Yale Prize (2017), this book was recently named a Lambda finalist in the bisexual poetry category.

 

 

Catherine


The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food & Drink

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By Kevin Young (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781608195510
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - October 16th, 2012

 

Edited by poet Kevin Young, this book serves up a feast of poems for sampling, savoring, and double-dipping. As our most memorable meals often do, the poems span a range of feeling and experience: Readers can celebrate butter and family with Elizabeth Alexander, sing a drinking/love song with Keats, revel in picking blackberries with Mary Oliver, and slurp oysters (and guilt) with Seamus Heaney. Verse connoisseurs and social poetry-readers alike will find much to share with friends of both hungry and reluctant ears.

Catherine, Writer in Residence for Adults


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

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ISBN: 9780822965589
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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

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ISBN: 9781555978099
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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


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