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Dreaming of You: A Novel in Verse By Melissa Lozada-Oliva Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781662601651
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Published: Astra House - September 27th, 2022

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
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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. 


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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
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ISBN: 9780593320983
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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The Last Thing: New & Selected Poems By Patrick Rosal Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780892555321
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Published: Persea - September 21st, 2021

I can't get over how incredibly Rosal uses sound in these poems! A collection sweeping in both a grand sense of traversing space and time but also in the sense of gathering all the tiny shards of memory into heaps of lip-numbing, chest-rumbling poems. Rosal has also given up on the period it seems, letting the lines flow with a muscular quality I loved. Read these poems out loud to get shivers of joy!

 



My Darling from the Lions: Poems By Rachel Long Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142711
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Published: Tin House Books - September 21st, 2021

If you enjoyed Yrsa Daley-Ward's The Terrible, Rachel Long is the new poet for you. Each poem, and each group of cyclical poems, drops you into scenes from the story of the given speaker's coming of age. Rachel Long has an incredible sense of voice, and even as she inhabits multiple speakers, the images she’s able to cultivate with each are unique yet united. This was a difficult read at times as it dealt plainly with sexual abuse, but it was one of the most gripping books of poetry I read last year. She never tells us more than she needs to, and this results in the feeling that each of these poems could be its own story, if only the poet decides to reveal more precious details to us.


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Dreaming of You: A Novel in Verse By Melissa Lozada-Oliva Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781662601651
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Astra House - September 27th, 2022

This is a novel in verse that tells the story of a young woman who decides to being back the singer Selena from the dead. But it's so much more than that. It's about loneliness, feminism, the culture behind fandom and queer/latinidad identity. TOP TEN BOOK 2021 OF FOR ME!  


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I Hope This Finds You Well: Poems By Kate Baer Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780063137998
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 9th, 2021

Like any powerful woman in her position would do, Baer takes the criticism she gets from being a writer, a mother, a woman on the internet and makes it into art. On the left page are real messages and comments, positive and negative, Baer has received while the right page has an erasure (or blackout) poem taken from the message, blacked out to reveal only a few words and phrases. They are sparse and minimal but, with the origin in mind, they are beautiful and bold. 

 


Review by Emily

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Superdoom: Selected Poems By Melissa Broder, Melissa Broder (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Melissa Broder, Melissa Broder (Introduction by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781951142650
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Published: Tin House Books - August 10th, 2021

In this volume that collects Broder's first four books of poems, her signature style speaks into the black holes of desire, lust, humanity, existential dread, and embodiment with humor, frankness, and honesty. 



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