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Barnett--Drowning Boy's Guide to Water

Cameron Barnett's debut poetry collection, selected by Ada Limón as winner of the 2017 Rising Writer Contest

Cameron Barnett’s poetry collection, The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water (winner of the 2017 Rising Writer Contest), explores the complexity of race and the body for a black man in today’s America.

ISBN-10: 1938769260
ISBN-13: 9781938769269
Release Year: 2017
Publisher: Autumn House Press

Price: $17.95

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In Jackknife: New and Selected Poems, Beatty travels the turns and collisions of over twenty years of work. She moves from first-person narratives to poems that straddle the page in fragments, to lines that sprawl with long lines of train tracks. Always landing in meaning, we are inside the body--not in a confessional voice, not autobiography--but arriving through the expanded, exploded image of many stories and genders.

The new poems leap imagistically from the known world to the purely imagined, as in the voice in "Abortion with Gun Barrel": "I am the counselor, /there are cracks in the barrel of the gun/there is aiming/shots of sorrow--/ shots of light." Commitment to a rabid feminist voice continues, but arrival has a new ring to it, with beginnings rescripted: "I am a bastard./I walk around in this body of mine."

Beatty's fascination with the highway and the breakout West jackknifes at the crossroads of the brutal and the white plains of loss--the body torn down and resurrected in the twenty first century..

ISBN-10: 082296449X
ISBN-13: 9780822964490
Release Year: 2017
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

Price: $20.00

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Browne - Smudge

"Acclaimed poet Mahogany L. Browne triumphs again with her latest poetry collection SMUDGE, a powerful, intimate, and complex portrait of a girl who deserves more than what she is given: a world in which our hero is both painfully invisible and vulnerably exposed. Browne masterfully invites us into this girl's life with language that is evocative, nuanced and immediate. The result is a book that is incredibly present. You live each moment presented in the book as if it were your own, and feel deeply the girl's fears and her humiliations, her hopeful trust and blind love, her shifting sense of safety and self. But despite the honest and harrowing heartbreak that finds its way into the girl, the book nonetheless has a defiant beauty, a strength of character and self that willfully defies the limits others attempt to put on this girl. Browne continues her tradition of creating rich, unflinching, and unapologetic work cataloguing the world as she sees it, and SMUDGE sees her at the top of her game."

--Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, NEA Poetry Fellow & author of The Year of No Mistakes

ISBN-10: 0989641570
ISBN-13: 9780989641579
Release Year: 2015
Publisher: Button Poetry

Price: $2.95

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Clark--I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood

[A] "book of relentless beauty about all the territory African-Americans hold close under whispered breaths"---Allison Joseph, author of Confessions of a Barefaced Woman

Winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
For prize-winning poet Tiana Clark, trees will never be just trees. They will also and always be a row of gallows from which Black bodies once swung. This is an image that she cannot escape, but one that she has learned to lean into as she delves into personal and public histories, explicating memories and muses around race, elegy, family, and faith by making and breaking forms as well as probing mythology, literary history, her own ancestry, and, yes, even Rihanna. I Can’t Talk About the Trees without the Blood, because Tiana cannot engage with the physical and psychic landscape of the South without seeing the braided trauma of the broken past—she will always see blood on the leaves.

ISBN-10: 0822965585
ISBN-13: 9780822965589
Release Year: 2018
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

Price: $17.00

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Corfman--Luxury, Blue Lace

Often, the fact of being an individual can seem wildly at odds with the experience of containing multitudes. In Luxury, Blue Lace, S. Brook Corfman takes the reader through this complicated experience of selfhood and its multitudes, exploring the many overlapping identities a single person can contain. Corfman’s poems conjure a host of identities and selves both living and dead, gesturing towards the complex way memory and loss can inhabit us. Formed by experience, history, and the strictures of gender, the poems dwell on the challenges of fully knowing and understanding the diverse parts of a subject. While they seek out a full form for the individual, they also relish the complex multiplicity of the identities that arise through self-exploration and self-knowledge. Luxury, Blue Lace was the winner of the Autumn House Rising Writer Prize in 2018.

ISBN-10: 1938769368
ISBN-13: 9781938769368
Release Year: 2019
Publisher: Autumn House Press

Price: $16.95

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Girlhood, selfhood, and the fragility of safety in tender poems that examine and then mourn micro- and macroscopic violence.

The events of 1999’s Columbine shooting preoccupy Forsythe in these poems, refracting her vision to encompass killer, victim, and herself as a girl, suddenly aware of the precarity of her own life and the porousness of her body to others’ gaze, demands, violence. Deeply researched and even more deeply felt, Perennial inhabits landscapes of emerging adulthood and explosive cruelty—the hills of Pittsburgh and the sere grass of Colorado; the spines of books in a high school library that has become a killing ground; the tenderness of children as they grow up and grow hard, becoming acquainted with dread, grief, and loss.

ISBN-10: 1566895170
ISBN-13: 9781566895170
Release Year: 2018
Publisher: Coffee House Press

Price: $16.95

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Friend--Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple

Afro-Jamaican-Boricua poet Malcolm Friend, has gifted us with a collection that is politically charged and culturally woke. Crafted in rhythm seasoned Latinx dialect, emerging from ancestral roots, replanted in the urban spectrum of hip-hop and rap, Friend's voice is heart-inspired, soul-empowered, new-wave griot.

ISBN-10: 1732403201
ISBN-13: 9781732403208
Release Year: 2018
Publisher: Inlandia Institute

Price: $15.00

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Hayes--How to Be Drawn
In How to Be Drawn, his daring fifth collection, Terrance Hayes explores how we see and are seen. While many of these poems bear the clearest imprint yet of Hayes's background as a visual artist, they do not strive to describe art so much as inhabit it. Thus, one poem contemplates the principle of blind contour drawing while others are inspired by maps, graphs, and assorted artists. The formal and emotional versatilities that distinguish Hayes's award-winning poetry are unified by existential focus. Simultaneously complex and transparent, urgent and composed, How to Be Drawn is a mesmerizing achievement.
Price: $20.00

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Johnson--In Full Velvet

Sinuous and sensual, the poems of In Full Velvet interrogate the nuances of desire, love, gender, ecology, LGBTQ lineage and community, and the tension between a body’s material limits and the forms made possible by the imagination. Characterized by formal poise, vulnerability, and compassion, Johnson's debut collection is one of resounding generosity and grace.

ISBN-10: 1941411371
ISBN-13: 9781941411377
Release Year: 2017
Publisher: Sarabande Books

Price: $16.95

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Phillips--Wild is the Wind

In Wild Is the Wind, Carl Phillips reflects on love as depicted in the jazz standard for which the book is named—love that is at once restless, reckless, and yet desired for its potential to bring stability. In the process, he pitches estrangement against communion, examines the past as history versus the past as memory, and reflects on the past’s capacity both to teach and to mislead us—and also to make us hesitate in the face of love, given the loss and damage that are, often enough, love’s fallout. How “to say no to despair”? How to take perhaps that greatest risk, the risk of believing in what offers no guarantee? These poems that, in their wedding of the philosophical, meditative, and lyric modes, mark a new stage in his remarkable work, stand as further proof that “if Carl Phillips had not come onto the scene, we would have needed to invent him. His idiosyncratic style, his innovative method, and his unique voice are essential steps in the evolution of the craft” (Judith Kitchen, The Georgia Review)..

ISBN-10: 0374538247
ISBN-13: 9780374538248
Release Year: 2019
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Price: $14.00

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Ross--Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

Winner, 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, poetry category
Winner, 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize
Finalist, 2015 National Book Award, poetry category
Finalist, 2015 NAACP Image Awards, poetry category

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is a sustained meditation on that which goes away--loved ones, the seasons, the earth as we know it--that tries to find solace in the processes of the garden and the orchard. That is, this is a book that studies the wisdom of the garden and orchard, those places where all--death, sorrow, loss--is converted into what might, with patience, nourish us.

ISBN-10: 0822963310
ISBN-13: 9780822963318
Release Year: 2015
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

Price: $17.00

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Russell--What's Hanging on the Hush
What's Hanging on the Hush wrestles with concerns that range from race, gender and sexuality to loneliness, madness and grief, and nothing escapes questioning, least of all the position of the poet herself. With humor and slightly off-kilter introspection, these poems disrupt even their own speaking, frequently singing "I." Collectively, they demonstrate the underlying restlessness of a subjectivity never quite at ease, like the solitary cats who meander across these pages and disappear only to turn up where they are least expected. Operating in a range of modes, from tight lyrics to sprawling, fragmented texts to language experiments, What's Hanging on the Hush is a tightly constructed interrogation of construction itself. At its heart is an exploration of solitude and a feminist's existential reckoning--the struggle of being/making in the world.
Price: $18.00

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Vollmer--Appollonia Poems

Traversing time, cities, and voices, these poems find a central aesthetic in place, exploring the layered terrains of urban environments from Pittsburgh to the Mediterranean to the Carpathians.

ISBN-10: 0299312844
ISBN-13: 9780299312848
Release Year: 1995
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

Price: $14.95

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White--Dear Angel of Death

A meandering and dead-serious meditation challenging the centrality of Black Music to black poetry and black critical theory, Dear Angel of Death proposes disinvestment in the idea of the Music as the highest form of what blackness "is." This long essay includes many forms: philosophical divergence on the problem of folds for black life, a close reading of Nathaniel Mackey's neverending novel From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, and an impassioned defense-cum-dismissal of contemporary hip hop's convergence with capitalism.

ISBN-10: 1937027678
ISBN-13: 9781937027674
Release Year: 2018
Publisher: Ugly Duckling Press

Price: $18.00

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