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

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

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[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

Item: 082296558

Price: $17.00

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Corfman--Luxury, Blue Lace

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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

Item: 193876936

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Forsythe--Perennial

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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

Item: 156689517

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Image For Friend--Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple

Friend--Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple

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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

Item: 173240320

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Phillips--Wild is the Wind

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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

Item: 037453824

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Ross--Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

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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

Item: 082296331

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White--Dear Angel of Death

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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

Item: 193702767

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