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Sana Sana By Ariana Brown Cover Image
$15.00
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ISBN: 9781732498686
Published: Game Over Books - January 21st, 2020

Forget all your other faves. Ariana Brown is the real deal! Her poems will cut you up and heal you all at the same time. Reading this was one of the most personal reading experiences I've had in a long time.  


Review by Rosa

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Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse (Vintage Contemporaries) By Anne Carson Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780375701290
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Vintage - July 27th, 1999

I go back to this book quite often. If I could underline the whole thing, I would. Carson reimagines an ancient Greek myth into a coming-of-age story told through verse, a combination of prose and poetry that lends itself perfectly to Carson's voice. Our main character, a red winged monster, deals with who to love, his brother and mother and the magnetic boy who takes him by the hand. A haunting and beautiful page-turner that at only 160 pages will make you pick it up again after you've just put it down.  

 


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How to Love a Country: Poems By Richard Blanco Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780807043073
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Published: Beacon Press - March 24th, 2020

Blanco was the first openly gay, Latino, immigrant, as well as the youngest person to be the US inaugural poet when he read for Obama's second term. He brings this energy with him in this collection, his beautiful language depicting such heartbreak toward America's tendency for gun violence, racism, and LGBTQ oppression. Throughout, you can see him struggling with the idea of nationhood, digging his way closer to the answer of how to truly love a country.  

 


Review by Emily

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Finna: Poems By Nate Marshall Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593132456
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Published: One World - August 11th, 2020

Nate Marshall gives so much of himself in these poems. Every line I read, I found myself taking a deep breath before continuing on to the next. So good!!


Review by Rosa

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Dispatch: Poems By Cameron Awkward-Rich Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780892555031
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Published: Persea - December 10th, 2019

Cameron Awkward-Rich's second poetry collection covers a lot of ground, and does so with intensity and efficiency. As the title suggests, each poem is a compact delivery. Some feel like news briefs, as they speak to social issues of violence and racism, as well as a growing disappointment in the world. Others are glimpses into more personal and intimate moments. I recommend taking an extra moment to be still with "Meditations in an Emergency" (22), a poem that has come back to me with regularity since reading Dispatch several months ago.


Review by Alyson

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Anodyne By Khadijah Queen Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793804
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Published: Tin House Books - August 18th, 2020

The sheer beauty of the images Queen has conjured, coupled by the clarity with which she captures the human condition are a necessary, if welcome, slap in the face. This slim volume left me reeling.


Review by Kitri

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Deaf Republic: Poems By Ilya Kaminsky Cover Image
$17.00
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 By Emily Skaja 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 By Hafiz, Daniel Ladinsky Cover Image
$20.00
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



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Holy Toledo! By John Clegg Cover Image
$15.99
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ISBN: 9781784102609
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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