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All Down Darkness Wide: A Memoir By Seán Hewitt Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593300084
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Published: Penguin Press - July 12th, 2022

The first memoir from poet Sean Hewitt is a story of first love and finding yourself. It is also about mental illness, travel, poetry and loss. Told with elegant prose with help from a 19th century poet, this book has haunted me in the best possible way.

 


Review by Trevor

Dear God. Dear Bones. Dear Yellow. By Noor Hindi Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781642596960
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Published: Haymarket Books - May 31st, 2022

I mean. That title and that cover! 

Beautiful and angry. And blurbed by Viet Thanh Nguyen and one of my favorite poets, Aimee Nezhukumatathil.


Review by Emily

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Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza By Mosab Abu Toha Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780872868601
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Published: City Lights Books - April 26th, 2022

"When you open my ear, touch it gently.

My mother's voice lingers somewhere inside."

This was among my favorite books of 2022, and it has stayed with me since I read it. Mosab Abu Toha's depictions of a life in siege are haunting, as are the small wonders he finds among the rubble. As a record of human experience, this collection is both vivid and essential.

 


Review by Kit

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Solastalgia By Brittney Corrigan Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781737513483
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Published: Jackleg Press - July 10th, 2023

This poetry collection is simultaneously a grieving for and a celebration of the world around us. We are grieving for the destruction humans have caused but also celebrating the beauty of life that still manages to thrive despite our interference. I love that this collection urged me to more closely observe the world around me and the ways in which everything is connected on some level. 


Review by Lauren

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Gold By Rumi, Haleh Liza Gafori (Translated by), Haleh Liza Gafori (Editor) Cover Image
By Rumi, Haleh Liza Gafori (Translated by), Haleh Liza Gafori (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781681375335
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Published: NYRB Classics - March 8th, 2022

This new translation by poet and vocalist Haleh Liza Gafori effuses a glorious golden light. Get this for someone you love. 


Review by Lily

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Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head: Poems By Warsan Shire Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593134351
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 1st, 2022

This book was recommended to me by a friend and now I wish to recommend it to all of you, friends! Shire's words are monumental, compelling, heartbreaking, and simply incredible. You may need a moment to stare at a wall, in silence, after finishing this. Read this then give it to a friend to read as well. 


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Girls That Never Die: Poems By Safia Elhillo Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593229484
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Published: One World - July 12th, 2022

This has to be my most anticipated poetry title of the year. Safia Elhillo writes with such disarming vulnerability. I loved every page of this collection and devoured it in nearly one sitting. 


Review by Lily

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I Wear My Face in the Field By Ryan Downum Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781734139952
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Published: Dream Pop Press - April 26th, 2022

Is life too much? Too little? Do you feel numb? Do you wish for new words to pound through your chest, to fall into some unknown? Downum's poetry creates a new reality visceral and bloody with all the stillness of a clear lake (and enjambment that will make you appreciate the weight of the line like never before.) Reading this book is something like wiggling your hand between your ribs to briefly squeeze your own heart, then release, slow and strong. An enrapturing reading experience!



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Electric Arches By Eve L. Ewing Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781608468560
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 12th, 2017

Ewing’s poetry is truly a gift. Real is blended with the surreal as we journey through an intensely personal afro-futuristic world. This book is a shared act of healing and gives readers a glimpse into the power of Black imagination.



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Toxic Flora: Poems By Kimiko Hahn Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393341140
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 3rd, 2011

“Flora” doesn't quite cover it: within these pages Kimiko Hahn will introduce you to rare life forms across all kingdoms as well as solar phenomena. Hahn's lyrical scientific observations about these dangerous and holy organisms frame her greater themes of relationships and identity. She ties broad concepts of extinction and survival together with intimate anecdotes about family and self-discovery. The collection as a whole is an elegant and intellectual species soup that nourishes the reader.


Review by Jess

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