Poetry

In Praise of Defeat

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In Praise of Defeat: Poems by Abdellatif Laabi By Abdellatif Laabi, Donald Nicholson-Smith (Translated by) Cover Image
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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


Seven New Generation African Poets

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Seven New Generation African Poets: A Chapbook boxed set By Kwame Dawes (Editor), Chris Abani (Editor), Tjawangwa Dema, Clifton Gachagua, Tsitsi Ella Jaji, Nick Makoha, Ladan Osman, Warsan Shire, Len Verwey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781940646589
Published: Slapering Hol Press - April 15th, 2014

Introduce yourself to seven young, African poets you’re unlikely to encounter anywhere else. This collection of chapbooks, selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani is a fantastic introduction to the poetry being written today in Africa. A must for poetry fans and readers of world literature.

Josh


Blackacre

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Blackacre: Poems By Monica Youn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977504
Published: Graywolf Press - September 6th, 2016

Blackacre bristles with ambition as the Monica Youn (a lawyer by trade) digs into the soil of American identity. Using different forms, repeating titles, and borrowing terms from jurisprudence, Youn’s third book is a brilliant poetic object.

Josh


Jazz Day

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Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph By Roxane Orgill, Francis Vallejo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Roxane Orgill, Francis Vallejo (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763669546
Published: Candlewick - March 8th, 2016

Jazz fans, would-be jazz fans, poetry lovers, photographers or just folks who appreciate ingenious picture books – this one is for you. The making of the Harlem 1958 photo is presented in a unique and totally interesting way. One of a kind!!

Carol

 


BAN EN BANLIEUE

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Ban En Banlieue By Bhanu Kapil Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781937658243
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Published: Nightboat Books - January 15th, 2015

This dense and beautiful book touches a wide range of topics including gender, race, violence, and art, taking the first few moments of a riot and meditating and expanding on them until the moment touches so much more. The act of creation, of poetry, of storytelling is the centerpiece of Kapil’s brilliant book, so I highly recommend this for writers and other artists.

JOSH

 


THE PRINCE OF LOS COCUYOS

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The Prince of los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood By Richard Blanco Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062313775
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Published: Ecco - June 23rd, 2015

The inaugural poet Blanco’s memoir of his childhood in Miami is both a quintessentially American immigrant family story and his own singular story of his awakening to his identity as a young gay man. Warm, tenderhearted, and often hilarious, Blanco captures the unique essence of the Cuban exile community in which he grew up.

DALE

 


The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse

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The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse By Red Pine (Translator), Stonehouse Cover Image
By Red Pine (Translator), Stonehouse
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ISBN: 9781556594557
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 27th, 2014

For enthusiasts of Han Shan (Cold Mountain) and other medieval Chinese poets (in translation), Stonehouse speaks to the same aesthetic and has great power within the simplicity. A great discovery, thanks to Red Pine.

Gary


Bluets and Autobiography of Red

What is the color of loss? Nelson might answer blue, Carson might answer red, but in forming their answers both writers have produced totally unique, totally brilliant works of art. Through personal meditation and the lens of classical Greek literature both authors’ explorations illuminate far more of human experience than just the moments and thoughts subject to their inspection. Two works of genius.


Josh

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Bluets By Maggie Nelson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

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Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse (Vintage Contemporaries) By Anne Carson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375701290
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Published: Vintage - July 27th, 1999

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