Poetry

When the Night Agrees to Speak to Me (Staff Pick)

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When the Night Agrees to Speak to Me By Ananda Devi, Kazim Ali (Translator) Cover Image
By Ananda Devi, Kazim Ali (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781646051885
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Published: Phoneme Media - August 16th, 2022

Mauritian author Ananda Devi returns with another stunning work. Like a worry stone smooth but for a subtle sharp edge, Devi's poetry reflects a beautiful but dangerous world in lines and images you'll want to carry in your pocket. Off-center and unsettling, yet still approachable, Devi's poems will connect with a wide range of poetry fans and could even be an entrance point for readers looking to get into poetry more.

Josh


To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness

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To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness By Robin Coste Lewis Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781524732585
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Published: Knopf - December 6th, 2022

In this breathtaking combination of photography and poetry Robin Coste Lewis again asks, what can we do with our history? Our past is the material for our future but only if we engage with it critically & creatively. Coste Lewis is doing powerful things with history, art, and poetry.

Josh


The Future of Black

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The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry By Gary Jackson (Editor), Len Lawson (Editor), Cynthia Manick (Editor) Cover Image
By Gary Jackson (Editor), Len Lawson (Editor), Cynthia Manick (Editor)
$20.95
ISBN: 9781949467673
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Published: Blair - November 2nd, 2021

I cannot explain how excited I was to fumble across this on a cart of books to shelve. I'm always hoping to find more sci-fi/fantasy done in verse, and this is just so much more! That each of these pieces of artwork exist individually is wonderful enough, but as a collection it's just phenomenal.

Stacey


The Golden Age

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The  Golden Age: Ovid's Metamorphoses By Ovid, Ana Sender (Illustrator), Heinz Janisch (Adapted by) Cover Image
By Ovid, Ana Sender (Illustrator), Heinz Janisch (Adapted by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780735844711
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Published: NorthSouth Books - October 4th, 2022

D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths for a new generation, this beautifully illustrated selection from Ovid's Metamorphoses will introduce kids to some of the well trodden myths alongside the less while known stories of transformation.

Katherine


Missing Piece

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The Missing Piece By Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060256715
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Published: HarperCollins - January 24th, 2006

This touching and heartwarming tale told by a renowned children's poet about accepting who you are as you are is one of my all time favorites. Perfect for reading aloud and for beginning readers.

Morgan


Metamorphoses

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Metamorphoses (A Penguin Classics Hardcover) By Ovid, Stephanie McCarter (Translated by) Cover Image
By Ovid, Stephanie McCarter (Translated by)
$38.00
ISBN: 9780525505990
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 8th, 2022

The perfect excuse to revisit Ovid's Metamorphoses. Stephanie McCarter's translation is lush and gorgeous, keeping the poetic bones of Ovid's epic without falling into the clunky pitfalls that comes from translating a classic poem to English. McCarter takes a frank look at the power dynamics of of the Metamorphoses, making this the perfect companion to Emily Wilson's Odyssey and Caroline Alexander's Iliad.

Katherine


The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On

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The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On By Franny Choi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063240087
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Published: Ecco - November 1st, 2022

Choi's kaleidoscopic gaze unravels catastrophe after catastrophe, putting into context our precedented times. Considering the fractal immensity of the disasters we're all somehow expected to survive -- or, worse, not to -- is like trying to hold a globe of molten glass in your bare hands. And to be a fully alive human in this world, you have to. There's no option not to hold the glass. Choi's work in this book doesn't cool the glass, but it provides you with oven mitts: for now, at least, you may hold it and behold it.

Piera


Look At This Blue

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Look at This Blue By Allison Adelle Hedge Coke Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781566896207
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Published: Coffee House Press - March 29th, 2022

In a prose sentence, describing an explicit connection between mass extinction and genocide can feel forced, or worse, dehumanizing, but through the grammar of poetry Hedge Coke creates an emotional experience that pushes in the opposite direction, showing that to truly value humanity one must truly value the earth and everything on it. Like Voyage of the Sable Venus & the works of Susan Howe, Hedge Coke’s use of poetry breaks open the limits of “rational” thought to expose profoud and powerful truths of the human experience on earth.

Josh


Plans for Sentences

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Plans for Sentences By Renee Gladman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781950268580
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Published: Wave Books - May 3rd, 2022

Writing about the fundamental mechanics of language and narrative is kinda like trying to chop down a tree, with another tree. Gladman comes closer than any other writer I've read at pulling off this impossible feat. Plans for Sentences is complex, challenging, & strangely beautiful and there are phrases that will make every writer sigh.

Josh


The Dream of Reason

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The Dream of Reason By Jenny George Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781556595196
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 17th, 2018

 

Not all of these poems are about death, but a lot of them are. Likewise, not all of these poems are about pigs, but really truly A LOT of them are, and Jenny George treats both subjects with the care and close attention of someone who loves this world and all the things living and dying in it. Describing a pig, George writes: "All sleeping things are children."

Piera


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