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Poetry

Evolution by Eileen Myles

Evolution, Eileen Myles’s first all-new collection of poetry since 2011, circles back to classic themes such as their love of dogs, loneliness, and parental loss. These poems, however, are also immediate and pressingly contemporary. Myles is conducting an intimate exchange with the government, peering into their computer and saying hello to whoever might be surveilling them.”—Lambda Literary

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780802128508
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Published: Grove Press - September 11th, 2018

Scattered at Sea by Amy Gerstler

Poetry-- which covers kissing, pulling long limbs out of bed, the love of trees, feminism, wanting to fight that guy who hurt your friend, and talking to the actual dead. It is one of my favorite collections, and among the most uplifting… although it did make me cry. - a.c.

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ISBN: 9780143126898
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Published: Penguin Books - May 26th, 2015

Application for Release from the Dream by Tony Hoagland

One of the most gorgeously skilled contemporary poets, Hoagland’s book is the equal and opposite of Gerstler’s in a way. These poems also vividly appreciate life and connection, but **oooh boy** they are rough to read, because they appreciate the best of life as it is set against the backdrop of existential void. Did that make sense? Listen, I love this book. - a.c.

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ISBN: 9781555977184
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 1st, 2015

Erratic Facts by Kay Ryan

This will be the poetry book I read most over the next month. It is about things removed from where they began-- like a tribute to change, and to survival. Each poem is brief, excessively clever, and beautiful. I have more sticky notes in this collection than in any other, because I have marked almost every poem with the specific situation in which it should be read. - a.c.

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$15.00
ISBN: 9780802125545
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Published: Grove Press - October 11th, 2016

Imaginary Vessels by Paisley Rekdal

More poetry! Paisley Rekdal created an incredible exploration of theme in this collection: she explores the idea of literal vessels, which contain other items, from glass vessels to expectant mothers… then she parlays into the idea of the cultural vessel, explored through the voice of a feminist, witty, and cutting Mae West… last, Rekdal imagines poetry based around a museum collection of skulls she once visited. - a.c.

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By Paisley Rekdal, Andrea Modica (Photographer)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781556594977
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - November 8th, 2016

Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

Danez is probably my top favorite slam poet currently active on the scene…you could even stop what you’re doing right now, go to Google, and watch the poem “Black Movie” performed by Danez live. This particular collection hushed my very bones when I first read an excerpt-- I think maybe in the New Yorker?-- and it is stunning. “do you know what it’s like to live/ someplace that loves you back?” - a.c.

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ISBN: 9781555977856
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

Devotions by Mary Oliver

This is the Mary Oliver book for your bookshelf (alongside all her other books, of course). Here, Oliver has personally chosen over 200 poems, selected from her most recent collection, Felicity, to her first from 1965, No Voyage and Other Poems. It is a pleasure to see the trajectory of her work over five decades of writing, but also to just dip in and out at your leisure, each time feeling awe. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9780399563249
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

Danez Smith is a gift to poetry and social discourse, with insights concise and cutting, “tongue rot with gospel / & other glories.” This sophomore piece looks staggering so far. Don’t Call Us Dead explores mortality through a more beautiful question: After trauma, how does the collective black body under attack approach a better world? Smith gives black boys lost to systemic violence a voice, which through their poetry insists “please don’t call / us dead. Call us alive someplace better.” - a.c.

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ISBN: 9781555977856
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

A Good Cry by Nikki Giovanni

This collection by poet Nikki Giovanni is absolutely wonderful. The diversity between short prose and poetry in this collection lends it a great readability, and there is a lovely rhythm to the book. Of note is the poem dedicated to Maya Angelou that embraces tears and sadness as necessary and healing. The personal is political, and as always Giovanni reminds us why. - Louise

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ISBN: 9780062399458
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Published: William Morrow - October 24th, 2017

Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward

Yrsa Daley-Ward is a debut poet who thrills me down to my bones. In this collection, she uses spare images to explore both the delights and deep cuts of youthful, obsessive first loves, most of them Sapphic. In some of her best pieces, Daley-Ward also explores mental health and the liminal space of a woman’s body; how people’s bodies and minds are not always honored; and how we can honor our own experiences anyway, wielding agency like a knife and a balm. - a.c.

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By Yrsa Daley-Ward, Kiese Laymon (Foreword by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143132615
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Published: Penguin Books - September 26th, 2017

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