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Girls That Never Die: Poems By Safia Elhillo Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593229484
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: One World - July 12th, 2022

This has to be my most anticipated poetry title of the year. Safia Elhillo writes with such disarming vulnerability. I loved every page of this collection and devoured it in nearly one sitting. 


Review by Lily

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I Wear My Face in the Field By Ryan Downum Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781734139952
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Dream Pop Press - April 26th, 2022

Is life too much? Too little? Do you feel numb? Do you wish for new words to pound through your chest, to fall into some unknown? Downum's poetry creates a new reality visceral and bloody with all the stillness of a clear lake (and enjambment that will make you appreciate the weight of the line like never before.) Reading this book is something like wiggling your hand between your ribs to briefly squeeze your own heart, then release, slow and strong. An enrapturing reading experience!


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Electric Arches By Eve L. Ewing Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781642591026
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Haymarket Books - November 12th, 2019

Ewing’s poetry is truly a gift. Real is blended with the surreal as we journey through an intensely personal afro-futuristic world. This book is a shared act of healing and gives readers a glimpse into the power of Black imagination.


Review by Madison

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Toxic Flora: Poems By Kimiko Hahn Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393341140
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 3rd, 2011

“Flora” doesn't quite cover it: within these pages Kimiko Hahn will introduce you to rare life forms across all kingdoms as well as solar phenomena. Hahn's lyrical scientific observations about these dangerous and holy organisms frame her greater themes of relationships and identity. She ties broad concepts of extinction and survival together with intimate anecdotes about family and self-discovery. The collection as a whole is an elegant and intellectual species soup that nourishes the reader.


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Time Is a Mother By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593300237
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Penguin Press - April 5th, 2022

I read this in one sitting - they had to kick me out of the coffee shop. Despite the fact that this was written as Vuong was dealing with the loss of his mother, I saw so much joy and lightness in this collection. I can see he's enjoying himself; I can see he's dealing with himself. If you like his other work, you won't be disappointed in spending this time with him. 

 


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Dreaming of You: A Novel in Verse By Melissa Lozada-Oliva Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781662600593
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Published: Astra House - October 26th, 2021

Written as a novel in verse, our main character brings Selena back from the dead to fill the hole in her life that isn't being filled by romance. Beautiful hybrid of poetry and prose brimming with personality that will actually make you laugh out loud and tear you up. Will definitely be one I'll read over and over again!

 


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Customs: Poems By Solmaz Sharif Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450796
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Graywolf Press - March 1st, 2022

I wanted to reread this collection immediately after I finished it. These poems reached a deep well within me and up bubbled a cleansing lava. This and her debut Look are a must-read for poetry and prose lovers alike. 


Review by Lily

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Return Flight By Jennifer Huang Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315281
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Published: Milkweed Editions - January 18th, 2022

Poignant & Inventive Poetry that will make you think about family, distance, and friendship.



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A Hundred Lovers: Poems By Richie Hofmann Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593320983
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Published: Knopf - February 8th, 2022

Titillating, exciting, vivid poems about queer love.



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Love and Other Poems By Alex Dimitrov Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781556595998
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - February 9th, 2021

I was afraid to read this book because Dimitrov's writing is so powerful, but am glad I finally did. This book celebrates life & will make you feel less alone.



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