Poetry, Poetry Criticism & Poetry Biography

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BEAUTIFUL ALIENS ' STEVE ABBOTT READER
early essential queer writing;New narrative father and co-originator, Steve Abbott continues to twinkle and inflame our senses long after his death. Transcending divine illuminations and oblique views, Jamie Townsend has ardently composed the proper altar for a pure San Francisco seraph ---Ryan
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BORDERLAND APOCRYPHA
!HIJOLE! but theres something in the ground in Fresno that grows amazing Chicanx poets….. And now here comes Anthony Cody. Cody does nothing less than unearth our history and decolonizes the poem on the page, reforming it into a powerful timeline of Mexican Lynchings in the U.S and deeply felt family memories. --recommended by Josiah
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Of Poetry and Protest
From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin
This extraordinary volume collects the poems of forty-four of America's most talented African American wordsmiths, including Pulitzer Prize– winning poets Rita Dove, Natasha Tretheway, Yusef Komunyakaa and Tracy K. Smith, as well as the work of other luminaries such as Elizabeth Alexander, Ishmael Reed, Nikki Giovanni and Sonia Sanchez.
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Written After a Massacre in the Year 2018
Daniel Borzutzky
This is the most intense book in this room. Borzutzky's method of confronting state-sponsored violence and hate is to address it in the most heartbreakingly clear language as possible. Don't look away. --Recommended by Chris
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Nothing but the Music: Documentaries from Nightclubs, Lofts, Dance Halls & a Tailor's Shop in Dakar
Thulani Davis
Thulani Davis is as real as concrete and her poetic documentations and odes to 70's and 80's avante garde jazz perfectly capture the fire and essence of that visceral East Coast scene...and there's even a poem to Bad Brains up in here! --recommended by Josiah and Paul
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For Now
Eileen Myles
In this raucous meditation, Eileen Myles offers an intimate glimpse into creativity's immediacy.
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Nepantla
An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color
Christopher Soto
Here are reasons to sing, to shiver, to cry, to snap, to bark, to love, to feel-- in resonance. Words to keep near your pillow, and to read on the train, and to keep on your tongue. EVERY POEM HERE IS GOOD. --Recommended by Jared, City Lights Booksellers
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African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song
A Library of America Anthology
Kevin Young
A literary landmark: the biggest, most ambitious anthology of black poetry ever published, gathering 250 poets from the colonial period to the present.
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Califia Burning
New and Selected Poems, 1987-2020
A new collection of poems from the American poet Tennessee Reed.
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MEMORIAL DRIVE: A DAUGHTER'S MEMOIR
At age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became.
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Dawn of the Senses: Selected Poems
Pocket Poets Number 52
Alberto Blanco, Juvenal Acosta
Selected Poems of Alberto Blanco
An impressive selection, in bilingual format, from the work of one of Mexico's greatest contemporary writers. Born in Mexico City in 1951, Alberto Blanco is a dynamic and influential voice in the new poetry of Mexico. A musician, artist, essayist...
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Now We're Getting Somewhere
poems
Kim Addonizio
A dark, no-holds-barred, and often hilarious collection from a prize-winning poet, veering between the poles of self and world.
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Pedro Pietri
Selected Poetry
Pedro Pietri, Pedro Lopez Adorno, Juan Flores
Recommended by Josiah

A compelling and humorous collection of poems by the poet laureate of the Nuyorican Poets. Includes previously unpublished works.

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Concerning the Angels
Rafael Alberti
First published in Spain in the summer of 1929, Concerning the Angels (Sobre los angeles) is the great Spanish poet Rafael Alberti's masterpiece, on a par with T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Pablo Neruda's Residencia en la tierra, and Federico Garcia...

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