Poetry

Aquí Era El Paraíso / Here Was Paradise

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Aquí Era El Paraíso / Here Was Paradise: Selección de Poemas de Humberto Ak'abal / Selected Poems of Humberto Ak'abal By Humberto Ak'abal, Amelia Lau Carling (Illustrator), Hugh Hazelton (Translator) Cover Image
By Humberto Ak'abal, Amelia Lau Carling (Illustrator), Hugh Hazelton (Translator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781773064956
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Published: Groundwood Books - August 3rd, 2021

Simple but beautiful poetry paired with the most perfect of illustrations. The dual language presentation is great for those new to learning either language, or just new to reading in general. This is the type of book that speaks to any age.

Stacey


Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright!

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Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright!: An Animal Poem for Each Day of the Year By Nosy Crow, Britta Teckentrup (Illustrator), Fiona Waters (Editor) Cover Image
By Nosy Crow, Britta Teckentrup (Illustrator), Fiona Waters (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781536217186
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Published: Candlewick Press - October 19th, 2021

Love at first sight! A wonderful selection of animal-centric poems and gorgeous illustrations. I probably would have worn the covers off this book if I had it as a child.

Stacey


The Carrying

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The Carrying: Poems By Ada Limón Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315137
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Published: Milkweed Editions - April 13th, 2021

October is a great month for feeling like you're on the verge of giving up. The edge is there. You can see it. The days are getting shorter and it's a long, long barrel to look down to the solstice, and, frankly, one of these days you're gonna lose it and scream your little head off in public. Ada Limón's The Carrying holds your hand right up to the edge and names all the trees along the way, and whether you scream or you don't, The Carrying will be there. full of dread and hope.

Piera


Blood on the Fog

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Blood on the Fog: Pocket Poets Series No. 62 (City Lights Pocket Poets #62) By Tongo Eisen-Martin Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780872868755
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Published: City Lights Books - September 21st, 2021

Like Aime Cesaire and Wanda Coleman, Eisen-Martin's poems spark and burst with images that dig deeply into the soil of power and culture, politics and survival, anger and justice. Eisen-Martin's poems feel both fresh and ancient, both powerful and approachable. A perfect addition to the storied City Lights Pocket Poets series. 

Josh


Counting Descent

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Counting Descent By Clint Smith Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781938912658
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Published: Write Bloody Publishing - September 15th, 2016

Smith's How The Word Is Passed is flying off the shelves, so why not complement it with his debut poetry collection? Counting Descent feels like canon to me and I'm thrilled to see it reprinted. Come find me after you've processed Clint's instructions for cardboard boxes, I'm still recovering.

Caleb


Red White and Whole

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Red, White, and Whole By Rajani LaRocca Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063047426
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 2nd, 2021

This long awaited novel in verse illustrating the struggles of balancing two cultural identities felt like I was looking into a mirror in which I could see myself, my mother, my grandmother, my aunts, and every Indian woman in my life who had to assimilate into American culture. It is beautifully written and is semi-autobiographical. If you like Rajani's work, check out her other middle grade novels and picture books. She is incredible!

Janaea


She's Strong but She's Tired

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She's Strong, but She's Tired (What She Felt #3) By r.h. Sin Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524858285
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 22nd, 2020

This collection is full of beautiful words and phrases that I often turn to on days I crave to feel seen. These poems have become such a great tool for me in the dark days of social distancing so I highly recommend this selection if you too are craving the seemingly long lost feeling of human solidarity.

Hannah


Beowulf

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Beowulf: A New Translation By Maria Dahvana Headley Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374110031
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - August 25th, 2020

This new translation of Beowulf is everything the version you (perhaps begrudgingly) read in high school was not. The language is fresh and florid, brimming with alliteration and bravado and modern slang. Headley translates the characters of this age-old poem into people we can recognize, instead of the granite giants of legend. It is, in a word, readable, and delightfully so. Her introduction is also its own work of art; it would be worth the purchase for that alone. 

 

Meaghan


What Kind of Woman

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What Kind of Woman: Poems By Kate Baer Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780063008427
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 10th, 2020

I started following Kate Baer on instagram this spring and eagerly awaited this book. It didn't disappoint! This is poetry for a generation of women who have been told to be anything but themselves. Kate Baer sets you free. Embrace it and share it.

Heather


I Would Leave Me If I Could

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I Would Leave Me If I Could.: A Collection of Poetry By Halsey Cover Image
By Halsey
$24.99
ISBN: 9781982135607
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 10th, 2020

This collection blew my already high expectations out of the water. Halsey is an extremely talented singer songwriter who is gifted in her ability to express herself in the most breathtaking ways. This collection is booming with raw and deep emotion, strung together in the loveliest, most immersing fashion. I couldn't put it down.

 

Hannah


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