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Love Poems for People with Children Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780593085240
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 15th, 2019

Full of relatable and hilarious observations on parenting, this book had me laughing long after I'd finished it (and then recited each poem to my equally hysterical husband). With titles ranging from "I am fully aware the wheels on the bus go round and round" to "Is your sense that you will ever move out of the house?", this book is perfect for anyone in the midst of parenthood, no matter what season they find themselves in.


Review by Claudia

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Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780822963318
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - January 7th, 2015

Open up to the first poem in this collection, "to the fig tree on 9th & christian". With just the right mix of details-- smells, textures, sounds-- Ross Gay places you there beneath the fig tree with him, stuffing his pockets with ripening fruit from a neighbor's tree, reaching to pick the choicest fruits for passers-by. This book over-brims with beautifully glimpsed reflections on community life: neighbors sharing with neighbors, old friends sharing a meal together, the poet's experiences as a queer black man in relation to his city and his past. Read these poems and feel them create a warm, sacred space within you.


Review by Nata

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Deaf Republic: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978310
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019

Kaminsky's poems are meant to be read aloud, specifically by the poet himself (if you're not familiar, I would highly recommend looking up videos of his readings on YouTube). However, these poems, especially with their small illustrations, are equally beautiful on the page. This book is at once political and personal--Kaminsky introduces empathy to a desolate setting and tells the story of a community under military occupation through careful focus on a few intimate moments.


Review by Alyson

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Brute: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978358
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 2nd, 2019

How can the end of a relationship feel like anything but a gaping wound? Brute will show you how. Visceral, angry, and honest. This is a journey to the heart of loss and back out again; stronger, fiercer. Highly propulsive, these poems tell a story. But much more than recalling a simple breakup, Emily Skaja explores gender and sexuality, and the strength and wildness in femininity and womanhood. Her poems will slice you open to your very soul and then stitch you back together, and you will thank her for it. 


Review by Erin

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I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy Cover Image
By Hafiz, Daniel Ladinsky (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143037811
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Published: Penguin Books - September 26th, 2006

So you know how the world sometimes makes you wanna sink deep deep deep deep deep deep deep deep deep into a watery grave?? This book helps me not do that! heart


Review by Dean

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Love That Dog: A Novel Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064409599
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Published: HarperCollins - April 8th, 2008

Read this very short but important story written as a poem by a boy who hates poetry and thinks he can't write it. Jack feels defeated by Miss Stretchberry's assignment, until he is snared by snippets of William Carlos Williams, William Blake, Robert Frost, Valerie Worth, S.C. Rigg, Arnold Adoff, and Walter Dean Myers. Little by little, Jack is telling his tale with both humor and heart-wrenching threads...in poetry!


Review by Jane

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Holy Toledo! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781784102609
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Published: Carcanet Press Ltd. - June 1st, 2016

By turns hilarious and thought-provoking, this book will take you on an unforgettable journey from the unforgiving landscape of the American Southwest to the diction of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a secret military programme to remotely pilot moths.


Review by Stephen

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The Poet X Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062662804
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 6th, 2018

A bright, shining lighthouse of a book. At turns tender and ferocious, this is a book that you hand to those struggling to find and express their voice. Acevedo's debut verse novel powerfully asserts the humming, electric, life-altering potential of poetry and literature. 


Review by Niki

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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

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Even This Page Is White Cover Image
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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

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