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blud
by Rachel McKibbens

Language

English

Pages

88

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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<p>"Throughout [BLUD], McKibbens breathes brilliant life into language, forging lush, rhythmic poems that are both fiercely urgent and tightly controlled, dark and flickering with fairy-tale-like magic. . . . Stunning, unflinching, fearless."―<em>Booklist</em> Starred Review</p><br /><br /><p>"Chicana poet, activist, and witchy folk hero of the disenfranchised. . . . [McKibbens] creates these spaces of witness with her feral and boundary-pushing poems that speak unflinchingly of topics often swept under the rug: rape, domestic violence, body shaming, mental illness, prejudice."—<em>Ploughshares</em></p><p>"McKibbens, a pioneer in the art of performance poetry, presents her audience [with] selfless honesty."—<em>The Rumpus</em></p><p>"Rachel McKibbens . . . reminds us why poetry as testimony is so necessary." —Poetry Foundation</p><p>McKibbens's <em>blud</em> is a collection of dark, rhythmic poems interested in the ways in which inherited things—bloodlines, mental illnesses, trauma—affect their inheritors. Reveling in form and sound, McKibbens's writing takes back control, undaunted by the idea of sinking its teeth into the ugliest moments of life, while still believing—and looking for—the good underneath all the bruising.</p><p><strong>From "untitled (lost love)":</strong></p><p><em>To my daughters I need to say:<br /><br /><br />Go with the one who loves you biblically.<br />The one whose love lifts its head to you<br />despite its broken neck. Whose body<br />bursts sixteen arms electric<br />to carry you, gentle the way<br />old grief is gentle.<br />Love the love that is messy<br />in all its too much . . .</em></p><p><strong>Rachel McKibbens</strong> is a poet, activist, playwright, essayist, and two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow. She is the author of four books and founder of The Pink Door, an annual writing retreat open exclusively to women of color. She lives in Rochester, New York.</p>
Lord of the Butterflies
by Andrea Gibson

Language

English

Pages

96

Publication Date

November 27, 2018

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Andrea Gibson’s latest collection is a masterful showcase from the poet whose writing and performances have captured the hearts of millions. With artful and nuanced looks at gender, romance, loss, and family, Lord of the Butterflies is a new peak in Gibson’s career. Each emotion here is deft and delicate, resting inside of imagery heavy enough to sink the heart, while giving the body wings to soar.
Pillow Thoughts
by Courtney Peppernell

Language

English

Pages

274

Publication Date

August 29, 2017

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<DIV><I>Pillow Thoughts</I> is a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love, and raw emotions. It is divided into sections to read when you feel you need them most.</DIV>
Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart
by Courtney Peppernell

Language

English

Pages

224

Publication Date

August 07, 2018

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<DIV>Peppernell understands that healing is a process, and <I>Pillow Thoughts II</I> eloquently captures the time and experience that one goes through on their journey to peace through restoration. <BR /><BR />A collection of inspirational and comforting poems for anyone who is mending from a broken heart.</DIV>
Bedtime Stories I Tell Myself
by Cat Auriella

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English

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Publication Date

December 07, 2018

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Bedtime Stories I Tell Myself is Cat Auriella's debut book. Through the concept of the bedroom and how life tends to follow us to our pillows and beyond, Auriella explores themes of mental health, love and loss, and learning to be human in an era where people stare at screens more than they do one another's eyes. It is a manifestation of her struggles as well as her accomplishments, a tribute to life and how much love there is left to be found even in the darkest corners of our bedrooms. The book is broken into three sections of poetry & prose, The Sheets and What Lies Between Them, The Night Terrors, & The Sleepover.
Nothing Is Okay
by Rachel Wiley

Language

English

Pages

96

Publication Date

March 22, 2018

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Nothing is Okay is the second full-length poetry collection by Rachel Wiley, whose work simultaneously deconstructs the lies that we were taught about our bodies and our beings, and builds new ways of viewing ourselves. As she delves into queerness, feminism, fatness, dating, and race, Wiley molds these topics into a punching critique of culture and a celebration of self. A fat positive activist, Wiley's work soars and challenges the bounds of bodies and hearts, and the ways we carry them.
Night Sky with Exit Wounds
by Ocean Vuong

Language

English

Pages

70

Publication Date

May 23, 2016

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<div><p><B>Winner of the 2016 Whiting Award</p><p>One of <I>Publishers Weekly</I>'s "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2016"</p><p></B><p><B>One of Lit Hub's "10 must-read poetry collections for April"</B></p><p>“Reading Vuong is like watching a fish move: he manages the varied currents of English with muscled intuition. His poems are by turns graceful and wonderstruck. His lines are both long and short, his pose narrative and lyric, his diction formal and insouciant. From the outside, Vuong has fashioned a poetry of inclusion.”—<I>The New Yorker</I></p><p><I>"Night Sky with Exit Wounds</I> establishes Vuong as a fierce new talent to be reckoned with...This book is a masterpiece that captures, with elegance, the raw sorrows and joys of human existence."—<I>Buzzfeed</I>'s "Most Exciting New Books of 2016"</p><p><p>"This original, sprightly wordsmith of tumbling pulsing phrases pushes poetry to a new level...A stunning introduction to a young poet who writes with both assurance and vulnerability. Visceral, tender and lyrical, fleet and agile, these poems unflinchingly face the legacies of violence and cultural displacement but they also assume a position of wonder before the world.”—2016 Whiting Award citation</p><p>"<I>Night Sky with Exit Wounds</I> is the kind of book that soon becomes worn with love. You will want to crease every page to come back to it, to underline every other line because each word resonates with power."—<I>LitHub</I></p><p>"Vuong’s powerful voice explores passion, violence, history, identity—all with a tremendous humanity."—<I>Slate</I><p>“In his impressive debut collection, Vuong, a 2014 Ruth Lilly fellow, writes beauty into—and culls from—individual, familial, and historical traumas. Vuong exists as both observer and observed throughout the book as he explores deeply personal themes such as poverty, depression, queer sexuality, domestic abuse, and the various forms of violence inflicted on his family during the Vietnam War. Poems float and strike in equal measure as the poet strives to transform pain into clarity. Managing this balance becomes the crux of the collection, as when he writes, ‘Your father is only your father/ until one of you forgets. Like how the spine/ won’t remember its wings/ no matter how many times our knees/ kiss the pavement.’”—<I>Publishers Weekly</I></p><p>"What a treasure [Ocean Vuong] is to us. What a perfume he's crushed and rendered of his heart and soul. What a gift this book is."—Li-Young Lee</p></p><p><B>Torso of Air</B></p><p><I>Suppose you do change your life.<BR>& the body is more than</I></p><p><I>a portion of night—sealed<BR>with bruises. Suppose you woke</I></p><p><I>& found your shadow replaced<BR>by a black wolf. The boy, beautiful </I></p><p><I>& gone. So you take the knife to the wall<BR>instead. You carve & carve</I></p><p><I>until a coin of light appears<BR>& you get to look in, at last,</I></p><p><I>on happiness. The eye<BR>staring back from the other side—</I></p><p><I>waiting.</I></p><p>Born in Saigon, Vietnam, <B>Ocean Vuong </B>attended Brooklyn College. He is the author of two chapbooks as well as a full-length collection, <I>Night Sky with Exit Wounds</I>. A 2014 Ruth Lilly Fellow and winner of the 2016 Whiting Award, Ocean Vuong lives in New York City, New York.</p><BR></div>
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (A. P...
by Chen Chen

Language

English

Pages

96

Publication Date

April 17, 2017

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<DIV><STRONG>LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY<BR><BR>WINNER OF THE A. POULIN, JR. POETRY PRIZE<BR><BR>A <em>LIBRARY JOURNAL</em> BEST BOOK OF 2017 SELECTION: POETRY & LITERATURE<BR><BR>ON NPR BOOKS'S LIST OF "POETRY TO PAY ATTENTION TO: 2017'S BEST VERSE"<br /><br />A <em>PUBLISHERS WEEKLY</EM> 2017 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE SELECTION</STRONG><BR><BR><div>In this ferocious and tender debut, Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family—the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes—all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one's own path in identity, life, and love.
New American Best Friend
by Olivia Gatwood

Language

English

Pages

59

Publication Date

March 28, 2017

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One of the most recognizable young poets in America, Olivia Gatwood dazzles with her tribute to contemporary American womanhood in her debut book, New American Best Friend. Gatwood's poems deftly deconstruct traditional stereotypes. The focus shifts from childhood to adulthood, gender to sexuality, violence to joy. And always and inexorably, the book moves toward celebration, culminating in a series of odes: odes to the body, to tough women, to embracing your own journey in all its failures and triumphs.
Not Here
by Hieu Minh Nguyen

Language

English

Pages

120

Publication Date

April 10, 2018

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<i>Not Here</i> is a flight plan for escape and a map for navigating home; a queer Vietnamese American body in confrontation with whiteness, trauma, family, and nostalgia; and a big beating heart of a book. Nguyen’s poems ache with loneliness and desire and the giddy terrors of allowing yourself to hope for love, and revel in moments of connection achieved.

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