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Poetry

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

Everything That Rises by Joseph Stroud

No word is wasted in Everything That Rises, Joseph Stroud’s sixth collection of poetry, with its masterfully rendered poems that reach across time and landscape. Stroud invokes a wide array of poets, including Rilke, Lorca, and Sappho, and includes translations of poems from Tu Fu and Pablo Neruda, among others. The poems are a reckoning with morality and a transcendent exploration of the strange and beautiful experience of living. - Billy

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ISBN: 9781556595646
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - October 22nd, 2019

An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo is a poet, musician, daughter and mother and descendent, member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, and a poet laureate of the United States. She writes with urgent beauty of just anger and beautiful celebration, of past crimes (whose resonance is both felt and resurrected today), legacy, present joy, music and song, the immediacy of being human, and the specificity of being Native. Her words stick with the brightness of specific stars, of a greater whole winding its story still. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781324003861
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 13th, 2019

Arias by Sharon Olds

When Sharon Olds sings truth, whether on the global or the familiar, in the resistance or in the bedroom, one cannot help but listen. Arias is her 15th collection, and its voice and range speak just as fully to her particular mind and our current humanity (or lack thereof) as ever. Smart, evocative, and exacting, her work is one of my favorite lyrical lodestars, both expanding my boundaries and attending me home. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9781524711603
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Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

Feed by Tommy Pico

Reading Feed feels like receiving a meandering text message from your funniest friend or a tweet without a character limit. Tommy Pico’s genius is in the way he is able to catch the reader off guard with uproariously funny lines that lead into serious philosophical quandaries, such as the difference between loneliness and being alone, or the possibility of intelligent life on other planets. Feed is raunchy, irreverent, haunted by the contemporary moment, and reaches for profundity. - Billy

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ISBN: 9781947793576
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Published: Tin House Books - November 5th, 2019

Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky

A poetic parable of an occupied town which refuses to hear soldiers, Deaf Republic is the most unique and profound anti-war work I’ve ever read. Kaminsky, himself a hard-of-hearing immigrant from Ukraine, re-envisions disability as a powerful act of defiance and silence as “the invention of the hearing.” - Ksenia

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ISBN: 9781555978310
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019

That's What I Thought by Gary Young

Gary Young’s prose poems feel like forgotten soulmates. Seemingly unassuming sentences, day-to-day observations, build upon each other, and then in an expert turn, enlightenment takes sudden, luminous flight. Each poem sits with me long after I’ve read it once, twice, more. His new collection, That’s What I Thought, comes out this fall, and I am so looking forward to dipping in and finding new companions. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9780892554942
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Published: Persea - September 25th, 2018

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