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Look: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977443
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Published: Graywolf Press - July 5th, 2016

This ingenious collection borrows and recontextualizes vocabulary from the US Department of Defense Dictionary of Military Terms. A fascinating exercise in linguistic appropriation that won the PEN Literary Award.


Review by Stephen

Even This Page Is White Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781551526416
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - September 13th, 2016

"brown is not a barrier   you are
and when you say don't play the race card

you mean don't call me white"

To my fellow POC: Read this, then give it to your white friends to read.

To all the white folks: If there's one book of poetry you read this year, or in your entire lifetime, read this one.


Review by Avery

Transit Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9781943735013
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Button Poetry - November 1st, 2015

I first discovered Cam through a video a friend shared with me, and knew immediately that I had to have his book. I wasn't wrong.

Transit made my heart pound and sent shivers across my entire body and all the other cliché reactions to a thing so moving and even now I feel myself tearing up just thinking about it. Lyrically beautiful and profoundly harrowing, every word carries the weight of the struggles of being a queer black person in America today. A modern masterpiece that is not to be missed.


Review by Avery

Mz N: The Serial: A Poem-In-Episodes Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374537050
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 2nd, 2017

"Not a novel, not a memoir, not a lyric" — whatever this book is, it's a fiercely intelligent and sharply funny exploration of a woman's emotional and intellectual development that will have you running to keep up.


Review by Stephen

No Matter the Wreckage Cover Image
By Sarah Kay, Sophia Janowitz (Illustrator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781938912481
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Published: Write Bloody Publishing - March 18th, 2014

Sarah Kay is phenomenal, both on stage and on page.

She might also be the least pretentious poet I've ever read (or heard).


Review by Avery

The Type Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780316386609
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Published: Hachette Books - March 1st, 2016

Looking for the perfect graduation gift for that young woman in your life, but don't want to go for the clichéd Oh, the Places You'll Go? Look no further, for Sarah Kay's The Type is the foolproof book of inspiration and affirmation with beautiful illustrations accompanying powerful words (and, you're guaranteed not to have the same gift as anyone else! Not to mention brownie points for Sarah Kay.)


Review by Avery

Even This Page Is White Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781551526416
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - September 13th, 2016

With her debut poetry collection Shraya applies her keen intelligence and awareness of her positionality to white privilege and systematic racism. Shraya pushes past the notion that racism is anything other than commonplace. It's multi-layered and thought-provoking, as well as imaginative and mind-opening. This combination makes this an unflinching, timely, and necessary read. Keep this as an antidote to the legion of white male poets on your syllabus. 


Review by Courtney

Cannibal Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780803290631
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2016

I've probably read Cannibal three times through by now, but still manage to glean something new with each reading. Sinclair has opened my empathy to a culture that is otherwise inaccessible to me, boldly challenging xenophobia with vibrant and unapologetically heavy imagery.

Sinclair is a classic-in-waiting and I cannot wait for the day she is taught alongside Maya Angelou and James Baldwin.


Review by Avery

Milk and Honey Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781449474256
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 6th, 2015

This is, quite possibly, the rawest and most brutally honest collection of modern poetry on femininity, love, trauma, loss, and healing that I have read in a very long time. This is a book that I desperately needed when I was younger and not nearly as jaded as I am now, and a book that I can appreciate now, as that jaded person.

An absolute must read for every young woman and highly recommended for anyone who has ever been in love.

(I lent my copy of milk and honey to one of my friends and haven't gotten it back yet.)


Review by Avery

Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

Citizen is a completely necessary and remarkable read. It documents racial aggressions from the smallest remarks that propogate systemic racism to the constant racism Serena Williams faces, to the killing of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown. She does this with elegance but also with rage and resignation. A must-read in today's world.


Review by Courtney

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