Poetry

The Last Poets

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By Christine Otten, Jonathan Reeder (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781642860030
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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

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ISBN: 9781571315052
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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

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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
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: Quill Tree Books - 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
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
Published: Archipelago - 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


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