. These poems stare down darkness while cultivating and sustaining possibility and addressing a larger world.
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The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison The Dorset PrizeTupelo Press, Inc. - Even as her compressed stories are unfolding on a suburban cul de sac, "where children, despite their commonness, they are deep in the mythical woods, / are a delicacy. ". Winner of the dorset prize, chosen by kimiko hahn delving into the depths of fairy tales to transform the daily into encounters with the marvelous but dangerous, Maggie Smith's poems question whether the realms of imagination and story can possibly be safe.
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Calling a Wolf a WolfAlice James Books - I can no longer rememberthe being afraid, only that it came to an end. Kaveh akbar is the founding editor of Divedapper. Poems confront craving, the constant battle of alcoholism and sobriety, control, and the questioning of the self and its instincts within the context of this never-ending fight. From "stop me if you've heard this one before": Sometimes you just have to leavewhatever's real to you, you have to clompthrough fields and kick the caps offall the toadstools.
His poems appear recently or soon in the new Yorker, APR, Tin House, Ploughshares, Poetry, PBS NewsHour, and elsewhere. The recipient of a 2016 ruth lilly and dorothy sargent rosenberg fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Iran, Akbar was born in Tehran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida.
Calling a Wolf a Wolf - The struggle from late youth on, agony, with and without God, narcotics and love is a torment rarely recorded with such sustained eloquence and passion as you will find in this collection. Fanny howethis highly-anticipated debut boldly confronts addiction and courses the strenuous path of recovery, beginning in the wilds of the mind.
Sometimesyou have to march all the way to Galileeor the literal foot of God himself before you realizeyou've already passed the place whereyou were supposed to die.
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OceanicCopper Canyon Press - Nezhukumatathil’s poems contain elegant twists of a very sharp knife. She brings to life a father penguin, a C-section scar, and the Niagara Falls with a powerful force of reverence for life and living things. In her fourth collection of poetry, she studies forms of love as diverse and abundant as the ocean itself.
With an encyclopedic range of subjects and unmatched sincerity, Oceanic speaks to each reader as a cooperative part of the earth, an extraordinary neighborhood to which we all belong. From “starfish and coffee”:and that’s how you feel after tumblinglike sea stars on the ocean floor over each other.
Oceanic - A night where it doesn’t matterwhich are arms or which are legsor what radiates and how―only your centers stuck together. Aimee nezhukumatathil is the author of four collections of poetry. She writes about the natural world and how we live in it, filling each poem, each page with a true sense of wonder.
Roxane gay“cultural strands are woven into the DNA of her strange, lush. Recipient of a national endowment for the arts fellowship and the prestigious Eric Hoffer Grand Prize, Nezhukumatathil teaches creative writing and environmental literature in the MFA program at the University of Mississippi. Poems.
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The Carrying: PoemsMilkweed Editions - Vulnerable, tender, acute, these are serious poems, brave poems, exploring with honesty the ambiguous moment between the rapture of youth and the grace of acceptance. Fine then, / i’ll take it, ” she writes. A woman struggles with infertility―“what if, instead of carrying / a child, I am supposed to carry grief?”―and a body seized by pain and vertigo as well as ecstasy.
I’ll take it all. In bright dead things, no, heavy with blood”―“the huge beating genius machine / that thinks, Limón showed us a heart “giant with power, it knows, / it’s going to come in first. In her follow-up collection, that heart is on full display―even as The Carrying continues further and deeper into the bloodstream, following the hard-won truth of what it means to live in an imperfect world.
The Carrying: Poems - Winner of the 2018 national book critics circle award ala notable book of 2018 finalist for the 2019 pen/jean stein book award from national book award and national Book Critics Circle Award finalist Ada Limón comes The Carrying―her most powerful collection yet. A daughter tends to aging parents. A nation convulses: “Every song of this country / has an unsung third stanza, something brutal.
And still limón shows us, love, as ever, the persistence of hunger, and joy, the dizzying fullness of our too-short lives.
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Don't Call Us Dead: PoemsGraywolf Press - Some of us are killed / in pieces, ” Smith writes, “some of us all at once. Don’t call us dead is an astonishing and ambitious collection, one that confronts, praises, and rebukes America―“Dear White America”―where every day is too often a funeral and not often enough a miracle. Finalist for the national book award for poetrywinner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection“Smith's poems are enriched to the point of volatility, but they pay out, often, in sudden joy.
The new yorker award-winning poet Danez Smith is a groundbreaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects, and performative power. Don’t call us dead opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, a place where suspicion, violence, love, and longevity they deserved here on earth.
Don't Call Us Dead: Poems - Smith turns then to desire, mortality―the dangers experienced in skin and body and blood―and a diagnosis of HIV positive.
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LAMP OF THE BODYRed Hen Press - . Here in maggie smith’s first book we encounter a voice that is spare, confident, and precise. These are poems that do not wobble; the voice is confident and secure, the authority claimed, and the darkness met head on―'mealy, and bitter' but as she writes in 'The Poem Speaks to Danger': 'I am the mouth/that can hold more .
Her images click into place, muscular, and the movement of each poem is deft, taut. I admire the courage and the control, the gorgeous turns, the leaps she takes in the poems while keeping the center of each poem intact. A wonderful debut. Carol Potter. The globe // of some new, ready fruit. This is a book that delights, intrigues, and instructs.
LAMP OF THE BODY - There’s a kinship with the Ohio landscape, but also the recognition that 'darkness ploughs its furrows here. These are poems that do not flinch in the face of grief while at the same time they do not give into formulas that either comfort or accuse. These are poems we trust, poems that ask hard questions while at the same time convincing us of the magic in the world.
Smith’s voice is reserved, yet she carries her world forward in her teeth, so to speak. There’s wisdom and acceptance in many of the poems, coupled with a willingness to utter what she does not understand, a recognition 'that worse happens to better than I. She embraces the mystery.
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Deaf Republic: PoemsGraywolf Press - Ilya kaminsky’s astonishing parable in poems asks us, What is silence?Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear―they all have gone deaf, Petya, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language.
The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence: a newly married couple, instigating the insurgency from her puppet theater; and Galya’s girls, Alfonso and Sonya, expecting a child; the brash Momma Galya, heroically teaching signing by day and by night luring soldiers one by one to their deaths behind the curtain.
Deaf Republic: Poems - At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, Ilya Kaminsky’s long-awaited Deaf Republic confronts our time’s vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.
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American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin Penguin PoetsPenguin Books - Written during the first two hundred days of the Trump presidency, these poems are haunted by the country's past and future eras and errors, its dreams and nightmares. Inventive, melancholy, hilarious, compassionate, and bewildered--the wonders of this new collection are irreducible and stunning. Finalist for the national book award and the national book critics circle award in poetryone of the New York Times Critics' Top Books of 2018A powerful, timely, Terrance Hayes, dazzling collection of sonnets from one of America's most acclaimed poets, the National Book Award-winning author of Lighthead"Sonnets that reckon with Donald Trump's America.
The new york timesin seventy poems bearing the same title, Terrance Hayes explores the meanings of American, of assassin, and of love in the sonnet form.
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Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl: PoemsGraywolf Press - Instead, and the freakish―the overlooked many of us who might more often stand in a Walmart parking lot than before the canvases of Pollock, the washed-up, O’Keeffe, Seuss invites in the alienated, the ugly, and Rothko. Rendered with precision and profound empathy, this extraordinary gallery of lives in shards shows us that “our memories are local, acute, and unrelenting.
”. In diane seuss’s new collection, the notion of the still life is shattered and Rembrandt’s painting is presented across the book in pieces―details that hide more than they reveal until they’re assembled into a whole. With invention and irreverence, class, these poems escape gilded frames and overturn traditional representations of gender, and luxury.
Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl: Poems - Finalist for the national book critics circle awardfinalist for the los angeles times book prizediane seuss’s brilliant follow-up to four-legged girl, a dark emblem of femininity, violence, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for PoetryStill life with stack of bills phone cord cig butt and freezer-burned DreamsicleStill life with Easter Bunny twenty caged minks and rusty meat grinderStill life with whiskey wooden leg two potpies and a dead parakeetStill life with pork rinds pickled peppers and the Book of RevelationStill life with feeding tube oxygen half-eaten raspberry ZingerStill life with convenience store pecking order shotgun blast to the face―from “American Still Lives”Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl takes its title from Rembrandt’s painting, and the viewer’s own troubled gaze.
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When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities A. Poulin, Jr. New Poets of AmericaBOA Editions Ltd. - His work has appeared in two chapbooks and in such publications as Poetry, Indiana Review, Best of the Net, Gulf Coast, and The Best American Poetry. Even then. Chen chen was born in Xiamen, China, and grew up in Massachusetts. You always forget something, she said, even whenI do the list for you. My mother was in the hospital& I didn't want to be her friend.
Typical Tuesday. My mother was in the hospital & no one wanted to be her friend. Everyone wanted to be soft cooing sympathies. We were enamored withwhat our wrists could declare. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, life, and abundant joy that come with charting one's own path in identity, grief, and love.
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities A. Poulin, Jr. New Poets of America - In the hospitalmy mother was in the hospital & everyone wanted to be my friend. But i was busy making a list: good dog, shortskeleton, bad citizen, tall mocha. The recipient of the 2016 A. Tall latte, bad plot, short tale, great wifi in the atypical café. Poetry prize, lambda literary, the saltonstall foundation, and in 2015, he has been awarded fellowships from Kundiman, he was a finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships.
Chen lives in lubbock, texas, Jeff Gilbert, with his partner, and their pug dog, Rupert Giles.
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