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Poetry from our 2020 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2020 Summer Newsletter.

Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz

“To read a body is to break that body a little,” Natalie Diaz writes in her second book of poetry, Postcolonial Love Poem. These innovative poems are many things: witness accounts of imperialistic and personal violence, meditations on what is gained and risked by love, unconventional odes and origin stories, and examinations of homeland and belonging. I am simply in awe of Natalie Diaz, and I reread this book as soon as I finished it.

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ISBN: 9781644450147
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2020

The Malevolent Volume by Justin Phillip Reed

In this new collection, National Book Award winner Justin Phillip Reed dazzles the reader with inventive syntax and word choice. At its core, The Malevolent Volume is a critique of the injustice originated and maintained by the culture and systems of white supremacy. These poems—at once esoteric and coloquial—remind the reader of just how gorgeous the English language can be.

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ISBN: 9781566895767
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 7th, 2020

Indigo by Ellen Bass

Indigo is a book of poems about survival, pain, recovery, depth of feeling, and quantifiable joy. It is a wonder to have a new book from Santa Cruz local Ellen Bass, an inimitable poet who distills the small triumphs and constant challenges of life into poems that so reverberate with truth, they practically hum. 

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ISBN: 9781556595752
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 7th, 2020

To Make Room for the Sea by Adam Clay

This book stunned me. From the first poem to the last, I was astonished at Clay’s grounded and lucid style. In this collection, he grapples with the impermanence of both growth and decay and with the quickly changing state of our planet. However, amidst this mourning, Clay manages to imbue his collection with hope and a yearning for the future. 

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ISBN: 9781571314970
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Published: Milkweed Editions - March 10th, 2020

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