Wade in the Water

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Wade in the Water: Poems By Tracy K. Smith Cover Image
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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.



Poet X

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The Poet X By Elizabeth Acevedo Cover Image
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.



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Priestdaddy: A Memoir By Patricia Lockwood Cover Image
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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.


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.


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.



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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.


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!!




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