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Poetry

When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through Edited by Jo Harjo

Organized by geographic location of the poets’ Nations, the poems in this wide-ranging anthology run from the 17th century to the present day, some in English, some bilingual (translated from Native Nations languages), varying in form and content from traditions Eastern, Western, and Indigenous. Each section is preceded by editors’ essays which give context and appreciation, guiding you as the reader on a tour of American literature that may lead you to your next favorite poet. — Jocelyn

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By Joy Harjo (Editor), LeAnne Howe (With), Jennifer Elise Foerster (With)
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ISBN: 9780393356809
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 25th, 2020

Every Day We Get More Illegal by Juan Felipe Herrera

As the recent US poet laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera traveled the country, listening and engaging with its communities, particularly those marginalized and endangered. His newest collection of poems, some written while on the road, captures what he found, who he met, what is felt. Lyrical, indicting, hopeful, Herrera plays lightly with language, finding new ways to see America and his place in it: “used to think I was not American enuf / now it is the other way around”. — Melinda

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ISBN: 9780872868281
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Published: City Lights Books - September 22nd, 2020

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

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