Hard Child

Hard Child Author Natalie Shapero
ISBN-10 1556595093
Year 2017-04-11
Pages 96
Language en
Publisher
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Natalie Shapero spars with apathy, nihilism, and mortality, while engaging the rich territory of the 30s and new motherhood

Trouble the Water

Trouble the Water Author Derrick Austin
ISBN-10 1942683049
Year 2016-04-12
Pages 104
Language en
Publisher BOA Editions
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Profound, lyric poems interrogate what it means to be fully human as a queer, black body in 21st century America.

Unaccompanied

Unaccompanied Author Javier Zamora
ISBN-10 1556595115
Year 2017-09-12
Pages 88
Language en
Publisher
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This gorgeous debut speaks with heart-wrenching intimacy and first-hand experience to the hot-button political issues of immigration and border crossings.

Together and By Ourselves

Together and By Ourselves Author Alex Dimitrov
ISBN-10 9781619321694
Year 2017-04-11
Pages 96
Language en
Publisher Copper Canyon Press
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“Dimitrov is a vital new energy in American poetry.”—Los Angeles Review of Books “Truth-telling, raw, fierce with feeling.”—Brenda Shaughnessy “Dimitrov can sound at once hip and naive, devoted to the sincerities that other sorts of poets reject or obscure.”—Publishers Weekly Together and by Ourselves, Alex Dimitrov’s second book of poems, takes on broad existential questions and the reality of our current moment: being seemingly connected to one another, yet emotionally alone. Through a collage aesthetic and a multiplicity of voices, these poems take us from coast to coast, New York to LA, and toward uneasy questions about intimacy, love, death, and the human spirit. Dimitrov critiques America’s long-lasting obsessions with money, celebrity, and escapism—whether in our personal, professional, or family lives. What defines a life? Is love ever enough? Who are we when together and who are we by ourselves? These questions echo throughout the poems, which resist easy answers. The voice is both heartfelt and skeptical, bruised yet playful, and always deeply introspective. from "Water" What is aging exactly? There are new jobs and people and someone dies before noon every day. I am swimming and swimming…in May or an ocean, I don’t see the reason. “But that’s unimportant,” you said. “Just keep doing it over again until one day you can’t.” Spring excites us and we know what it is every time. The minutes in meetings are life’s most undistinguished; that’s obvious. And what’s obvious makes us all fools then fast friends. Alex Dimitrov is the author of Together and by Ourselves (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), Begging for It (Four Way Books, 2013), and the online chapbook American Boys (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2012). He is the recipient of the Stanley Kunitz Prize from the American Poetry Review and a Pushcart Prize. His poems have been published in Poetry, The Yale Review, Kenyon Review, Slate, Tin House, Boston Review, and the American Poetry Review. He is the Senior Content Editor at the Academy of American Poets where he edits the popular online series Poem-a-Day and American Poets magazine. He has taught creative writing at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Marymount Manhattan College, Bennington College, and lives in New York City.

What It Done to Us

What It Done to Us Author Essy Stone
ISBN-10 0996858466
Year 2017-03-01
Pages 70
Language en
Publisher Lost Horse Press
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What it Done to Us, by Essy Stone, is a poetry of narrative tension, sense of place, and with a wide-angle scan of lyrical language. There is a landscape here, the depiction of Appalachia, a beautiful backdrop of loves and struggles with violence, poverty and all its minions such as drugs and crime, and its religion. Stone has created a southern gothic for today, a testament, a collection that could be the mythology that we find at the intersection of flesh and spirit, or maybe it's the reveal to a hard-times question like, ?Why does the Devil get here faster than God every time?" This is a tough community that Stone, with a deft touch of empathy and eloquence, shows us and we begin to know these folk. These poems are understated but highly charged vignettes from the hollers, a shadow world of the embattled folk who bear up and just do what needs done without apology. This is a stunning debut collection, and it is our introduction to an amazing poet.

Kale Caramel

Kale   Caramel Author Lily Diamond
ISBN-10 9781501123399
Year 2017-05-02
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Born out of the popular blog Kale & Caramel, this sumptuously photographed and beautifully written cookbook presents eighty recipes for delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes featuring herbs and flowers, as well as luxurious do-it-yourself beauty products. Plant-whisperer, writer, and photographer Lily Diamond believes that herbs and flowers have the power to nourish inside and out. “Lily’s deep connection to nature is beautifully woven throughout this personal collection of recipes,” says award-winning vegetarian chef Amy Chaplin. Each chapter celebrates an aromatic herb or flower, including basil, cilantro, fennel, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, lavender, jasmine, rose, and orange blossom. Mollie Katzen, author of the beloved Moosewood Cookbook, calls the book “a gift, articulated through a poetic voice, original and bold.” The recipes tell a coming-of-age story through Lily’s kinship with plants, from a sun-drenched Maui childhood to healing from heartbreak and her mother’s death. With bright flavors, gorgeous scents, evocative stories, and more than one hundred photographs, Kale & Caramel creates a lush garden of experience open to harvest year round.

Hothouse

Hothouse Author Karyna McGlynn
ISBN-10 1941411452
Year 2017-06-13
Pages 80
Language en
Publisher Sarabande Books
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Whipsmart and irreverent, McGlynn's Hothouse is a wildly imaginative tour through the many chambers of the contemporary American pysche.

Novena

Novena Author Jacques Rancourt
ISBN-10 9780807166604
Year 2017-02-13
Pages 88
Language en
Publisher LSU Press
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In poems inspired by and sometimes borrowing their forms from the novena, a nine-day Catholic prayer addressing and seeking intercession from the Virgin Mary, Jacques Rancourt explores the complexities of faith, desire, beauty, and justice. Novena is a collection that invites prayer not to symbols of dogmatic perfection but to those who are outcast or maligned, LGBTQ people, people in prison, people who resist, people who suffer and whose suffering has not been redeemed. In Novena, the Virgin Mary is recast as a drag queen, religious icons are merged with those who are abolished, and spiritual isolation is scrutinized in a queer pastoral.

The Blessing of Dark Water

The Blessing of Dark Water Author Elizabeth Lyons
ISBN-10 1938584333
Year 2017
Pages 100
Language en
Publisher
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These poems swirl with darkness, beauty, and confusion as Elizabeth Lyons dovetails her life and that of American artist Walter Inglis Anderson.

Sonnets to Orpheus

Sonnets to Orpheus Author Rainer Maria Rilke
ISBN-10 9780819572660
Year 2011-05-01
Pages 134
Language en
Publisher Wesleyan University Press
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Sonnets to Orpheus is Rainer Maria Rilke’s first and only sonnet sequence. It is an undisputed masterpiece by one of the greatest modern poets, translated here by a master of translation, David Young. Rilke revived and transformed the traditional sonnet sequence in the Sonnets. Instead of centering on love for a particular person, as has many other sonneteers, he wrote an extended love poem to the world, celebrating such diverse things as mirrors, dogs, fruit, breathing, and childhood. Many of the sonnets are addressed to two recurrent figures: the god Orpheus (prototype of the poet) and a young dancer, whose death is treated elegiacally. These ecstatic and meditative lyric poems are a kind of manual on how to approach the world – how to understand and love it. David Young’s is the first most sensitive of the translations of this work, superior to other translations in sound and sense. He captures Rilke’s simple, concrete, and colloquial language, writing with a precision close to the original.

HOUSE MADE OF WATER

HOUSE MADE OF WATER Author Michelle Lin
ISBN-10 1943977305
Year 2017-03-14
Pages 108
Language en
Publisher Sibling Rivalry Press, LLC
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A House Made of Water is a lyrical examination of daughterhood, womanhood, and Asian American identity. Elusive, but tactile, the collection wrestles beautifully with trauma and our inherited stories, seeking transformation throughout. What I love most is the intimacy of detail: the difficult weight of memory, the exquisite relief of disclosure. Michelle Lin's debut is a document of deep feeling, in the vein of Li-Young Lee and Sylvia Plath, but told in a voice entirely her own. - CATHY LINH CHE, author of Split

Bone Confetti

Bone Confetti Author Muriel Leung
ISBN-10 1934819603
Year 2016-11-01
Pages 97
Language en
Publisher
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Poetry. Asian American Studies. In BONE CONFETTI, there are two types of survivors at the end of the world—lovers and ghosts who die, are revived, and die again. Each death and resurrection carves its way into the landscape of a wrecked city where skies are flocked by molten birds and trees grow in shades of ash. The same confetti floats between funeral and parade, wedding and hell. When all that is left is the terrible residue of memory, lovers and ghosts try their best to make do. They scale the horizon, collecting debris wherever they go in the attempt to fashion a new sense of humanity. "BONE CONFETTI houses something else: an activity of mourning. The book does this in place of the other things it could have done. Or housed. It struck the bone of my own heart. It made the words into a bell. And the bell made me stop what I was doing, just as certain events or thoughts or scenes do, and orient to that unexpected, powerful sound. Leung is this kind of writer, whose book makes you want to come up with a new language to describe what a book could be, could feel like, to read. I am grateful for the chance to encounter her work at this time, in this part of the real year."—Bhanu Kapil

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonc

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonc  Author Morgan Parker
ISBN-10 9781472153173
Year 2017-03-02
Pages 96
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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Publishers Weekly's Ten Best Poetry Collections of Spring A Most Anticipated book at Buzzfeed, NYLON and Bustle One of i-D's emerging female authors to read in 2017 'Outstanding collection of poems. So much soul. So much intelligence in how Parker folds in cultural references and the experiences of black womanhood. Every poem will get its hooks into you. And of course, the poems about Beyoncé are the greatest because Beyoncé is our queen.' Roxane Gay 'I can and have read Morgan Parker's poems over and over . . . She writes history and pleasure and kitsch and abstraction, then vanishes like a god in about 13 inches.' Eileen Myles 'Morgan Parker has a mind like wildfire and these pages are lit. I can't recall being this enthralled, entertained, and made alert by a book in a very long time.' Jami Attenberg The only thing more beautiful than Beyoncé is God, and God is a black woman sipping rosé and drawing a lavender bath, texting her mom, belly-laughing in the therapist's office, feeling unloved, being on display, daring to survive. Morgan Parker stands at the intersections of vulnerability and performance, of desire and disgust, of tragedy and excellence. Unrelentingly feminist, tender, ruthless and sequinned, these poems are an altar to the complexities of black American womanhood in an age of non-indictments and déjà vu, and a time of wars over bodies and power. These poems celebrate and mourn. They are a chorus chanting: You're gonna give us the love we need.

HAVING A COKE W GODZILLA

HAVING A COKE W GODZILLA Author Kazumi Chin
ISBN-10 194397733X
Year 2017-03-14
Pages 82
Language en
Publisher Sibling Rivalry Press, LLC
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These poems by Kazumi Chin learn to create intimacy and connection in the age of social media. They embrace the consumption of pop culture and reflect back how this country is experienced by those who are marginalized and oppressed. They understand history, the work of ancestry, but sit in the here and now, inside the dearth and speed of information and reaches out a hand. And in these poems there may be a certain sadness but more so a certain hope. - Jason Bayani, author of Amulet