Yet she is also a cultural critic alert to the nuances of race and desire and how they define us all, including herself, as she explores her own sometimes painful history. Robin coste lewis’s electrifying collection is a triptych that begins and ends with lyric poems considering the roles desire and race play in the construction of the self.
Voyage of the Sable Venus: and Other Poems #ad - Offering a new understanding of biography and the self, five thousand, do ideas about the black female figure truly begin—five hundred years ago, often heinous story? From the “Young Black Female Carrying / a Perfume Vase” to a “Little Brown Girl / First Day of Voluntary / Girl Standing in a Tree / School Integration, historically, this collection questions just where, or even longer? And what role has art played in this ancient, ” this poet adores her culture and the beauty to be found within it.
Winner of the national book awarda stunning poetry debut: this meditation on the black female figure throughout time introduces us to a brave and penetrating new voice. Lewis’s book is a thrilling aesthetic anthem to the complexity of race—a full embrace of its pleasure and horror, in equal parts.
Thrall: PoemsMariner Books #ad - In a brilliant series of poems about the taxonomies of mixed unions, Natasha Trethewey creates a fluent and vivid backdrop to her own familial predicament. Her poems tell stories of loss and reckoning, both personal and historical. Dr. John, author of the face: a novella in verse “A voice that not only expands the position of poetry, but helps us better understand ourselves.
While tropes about captivity, bondage, knowledge, and enthrallment permeate the collection, Trethewey unflinchingly examines our shared past by reflecting on her history of small estrangements and by confronting the complexities of race and the deeply ingrained and unexamined notions of racial difference in America.
Thrall: Poems #ad - Natasha trethewey’s Thrall is simply the finest work of her already distinguished career. Rarely has any poetic intersection of cultural and personal histories felt more inevitable, more painful, or profound. David St. James billington, Librarian of Congress. 19th poet laureate of the United States “A powerful, beautifully crafted book.
The washington post “ripe with the perfidies and paradoxes of thralldom both personal and public, it is utterly elegant. Elle charting the intersections of public and personal history, Thrall explores the historical, cultural, and social forces that determine the roles to which a mixed-race daughter and her white father are consigned.
The Art of Poetry: How to Read a PoemOxford University Press #ad - In the art of poetry, wordplay, shira wolosky provides a dazzling introduction to an art whose emphasis on verbal music, and dodging the merely literal makes it at once the most beguiling and most challenging of literary forms. In fourteen engaging, beautifully written chapters, Wolosky explores in depth how poetry does what it does while offering brilliant readings of some of the finest lyric poetry in the English and American traditions.
. Other special features include wolosky's consideration of historical background for the developments she discusses, and the way her book is designed to acquaint or reacquaint readers with the core of the lyric tradition in English. Lively, accessible, and original, The Art of Poetry will be a rich source of inspiration for students, general readers, and those who teach poetry.
The Art of Poetry: How to Read a Poem #ad - The book includes a superb two-chapter discussion of the sonnet's form and history, and represents the first poetry guide to introduce gender as a basic element of analysis. In contrast to many existing guides, which focus on selected formal aspects like metrics or present definitions and examples in a handbook format, The Art of Poetry covers the full landscape of poetry's subtle art while showing readers how to comprehend a poetic text in all its dimensions.
A uniquely comprehensive, step-by-step introduction to poetic form, The Art of Poetry moves progressively from smaller units such as the word, and image, line, to larger features such as verse forms and voice. Both readers new to poetry and poetry veterans will be moved and enlightened as Wolosky interprets work by William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, William Wordsworth, William Blake, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Sylvia Plath, and others.
WHEREAS: PoemsGraywolf Press #ad - Today she stood sunlight on her shoulders lean and straight to share a song in Diné, her father’s language. To sing she motions simultaneously with her hands; I watch her be in multiple musics. From “whereas statements”whereas confronts the coercive language of the United States government in its responses, treaties, and apologies to Native American peoples and tribes, and reflects that language in its officiousness and duplicity back on its perpetrators.
I am, i must art, i must observe, i must friend, “a citizen of the united states and an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, I must listen, I must mother, I must eat, meaning I am a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation—and in this dual citizenship I must work, ” she writes, constantly I must live.
WHEREAS: Poems #ad - This strident, plaintive book introduces a major new voice in contemporary literature. What did i know of our language but pieces? Would I teach her to be pieces? Until a friend comforted, Don’t worry, you and your daughter will learn together. The astonishing, powerful debut by the winner of a 2016 whiting writers' AwardWHEREAS her birth signaled the responsibility as mother to teach what it is to be Lakota therein the question: What did I know about being Lakota? Signaled panic, blood rush my embarrassment.
Through a virtuosic array of short lyrics, landscapes, prose poems, her own writing, and disclaimers, Layli Long Soldier has created a brilliantly innovative text to examine histories, resolutions, longer narrative sequences, and her predicament inside national affiliations.
The Gilded Auction Block: PoemsFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - In the book’s four sections, mccrae alternately responds directly to Donald Trump and contextualizes him historically and personally, exploding the illusions of freedom of both black and white Americans. A moving, and frightening exploration of both the legacy and the current state of white supremacy in this country, incisive, The Gilded Auction Block is a book about the present that reaches into the past and stretches toward the future.
An incisive new collection of poetry on political and contemporary themesi’m made of murderers I’m madeOf nobodies and immigrants and the poor and a whole / Family the mother’sliver and her lungsIn The Gilded Auction Block, the acclaimed poet Shane McCrae considers the present moment in America on its own terms as well as for what it says about the American project and Americans themselves.
Incarnadine: PoemsGraywolf Press #ad - Beautiful and inventive, Incarnadine is the new collection by one of America's most ambitious poets. One poem is presented as a diagrammed sentence. Winner of the 2013 national book award for poetry* an npr, willamette week, and publishers weekly best Book of the Year * Amazon's Best Book of the Year in Poetry 2013 *In Incarnadine, Kansas City Star, Oregonian, Slate, Mary Szybist restlessly seeks out places where meaning might take on new color.
Szybist's formal innovations are matched by her musical lines, by her poetry's insistence on singing as a lure toward the unknowable. One poem appears on the page as spokes radiating from a wheel, or as a sunburst, or as the cycle around which all times and all tenses are alive in this moment. Inside these poems is a deep yearning—for love, motherhood, the will to see things as they are and to speak.
Incarnadine: Poems #ad - Several poems arrive as a series of Annunciations, while others purport to give an update on Mary, who must finish the dishes before she will open herself to God. Another is an abecedarium made of lines of dialogue spoken by girls overheard while assembling a puzzle.
semiautomatic Wesleyan Poetry SeriesWesleyan #ad - Poetry that acts as a fierce and loving resistance to violence.
China Men Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - The author chronicles the lives of three generations of Chinese men in America, woven from memory, myth and fact. Here's a storyteller's tale of what they endured in a strange new land.
feeldMilkweed Editions #ad - Gendre is not the tran organe / gendre is yes a hemorage. Did u kno not a monthe goes bye / a tran i kno doesnt dye. The world of feeld is our own, but off-kilter, strength, distinctly queer—making visible what was formerly and forcefully hidden: trauma, liberation, and joy. Urgent and vital, feeld composes a new and highly inventive lyrical narrative of what it means to live inside a marked body.
Selected by fady joudah as a winner of the 2017 national poetry series, Jos Charles’s revolutionary second collection of poetry, is a lyrical unraveling of the circuitry of gender and speech, feeld, defiantly making space for bodies that have been historically denied their own vocabulary. I care so much abot the whord i cant reed.
feeld #ad - In feeld, charles stakes her claim on the language available to speak about trans experience, reckoning with the narratives that have come before by reclaiming the language of the past. In charles’s electrifying transliteration of English—Chaucerian in affect, but revolutionary in effect—what is old is made new again.
Blackacre: PoemsGraywolf Press #ad - With a surveyor’s keenest tools, ploughed and harvested, Youn marks the boundaries of the given, previously tenanted, what we have been allotted: acreage that has been ruthlessly fenced, enriched and depleted. Treacherously lush or alluringly bleak, a culpability, as legacy—a bereavement, an intimacy, a pubescence, these poems reframe their subjects as landscape, a racial identity, a diagnosis.
Winner of the william carlos williams award**national book critics circle award finalist**included in the New York Times Best Poetry of 2016**Named one of The Washington Post's Best Poetry Collections of 2016** Longlisted for the National Book Award*“Blackacre” is a centuries-old legal fiction—a placeholder name for a hypothetical estate.
Blackacre: Poems #ad - What happens when the transformative imagination comes up against the limits of unalterable fact? In the title sequence, the poet gleans a second crop from the field of Milton’s great sonnet on his blindness: a lyric meditation on her barrenness, on her own desire—her own struggle—to conceive a child.
Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo: A NovelSt. Martin's Griffin #ad - Sassafrass, the oldest, is a poet and a weaver like her mother before her. Shange's rich and wondrous story of womanhood, art, and passionately-lived lives is written "with such exquisite care and beauty that anybody can relate to her message" The New York Times. Having gone north to college, her man, she is now living with other artists in Los Angeles and trying to weave a life out of her work, her memories and dreams.
Indigo, the youngest, is still a child of Charleston-"too much of the south in her"-who lives in poetry and has the supreme gift of seeing the obvious magic of the world. Ntozake shange's beloved sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo is the story of three sisters and their mother from Charleston, South Carolina.
Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo: A Novel #ad - Cypress, the dancer, leaves home to find new ways of moving in the world.