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Night Sky with Exit Wounds
by Ocean Vuong

Language

English

Pages

70

Publication Date

May 23, 2016

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<p><b>Winner of the 2016 Whiting Award</b></p><p><b>One of <i>Publishers Weekly</i>'s "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2016"</b></p><p></p><p><b>One of Lit Hub's "10 must-read poetry collections for April"</b></p><p>聯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.鈥澛?lt;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."聴<i>Buzzfeed</i>'s "Most Exciting New Books of 2016"</p><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.鈥澛?016 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."聴<i>LitHub</i></p><p>"Vuong鈥檚 powerful voice explores passion, violence, history, identity聴all with a tremendous humanity."聴<i>Slate</i></p><p>聯In his impressive debut collection, Vuong, a 2014 Ruth Lilly fellow, writes beauty into聴and culls from聴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, 聭Your father is only your father/ until one of you forgets. Like how the spine/ won鈥檛 remember its wings/ no matter how many times our knees/ kiss the pavement.鈥欌€澛?lt;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."聴Li-Young Lee</p><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聴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聴</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 />
Pillow Thoughts
by Courtney Peppernell

Language

English

Pages

274

Publication Date

August 29, 2017

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<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.
The Tradition
by Jericho Brown

Language

English

Pages

83

Publication Date

June 18, 2019

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<strong>Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award</strong><br /><br />"By some literary magic鈥攏o, it's precision, and honesty鈥擝rown manages to bestow upon even the most public of subjects the most intimate and personal stakes."鈥擟raig Morgan Teicher, 鈥?I Reject Walls': A 2019 Poetry Preview鈥?for NPR<br /><br />鈥淎 relentless dismantling of identity, a difficult jewel of a poem.鈥溾€擱ita Dove, in her introduction to Jericho Brown鈥檚 鈥淒ark鈥?(featured in the <i>New York Times Magazine</i> in January 2019) <br /><br />鈥淲inner of a Whiting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Brown's hard-won lyricism finds fire (and idyll) in the intersection of politics and love for queer Black men.鈥濃€?lt;i>O, The Oprah Magazine</i> <br /><br />Featured in NPR鈥檚 鈥淚 Reject Walls鈥? A 2019 Poetry Preview鈥?lt;br />Named a Lit Hub 鈥淢ost Anticipated Book of 2019鈥?lt;br />One of Buzzfeed鈥檚 鈥?6 Books Coming in 2019 You鈥檒l Want to Keep Your Eyes On鈥?lt;br /><i>The Rumpus</i> poetry pick for 鈥淲hat to Read When 2019 is Just Around the Corner鈥?lt;br />One of BookRiot鈥檚 鈥?0 Must-Read Poetry Collections of 2019鈥?<br /><br />Jericho Brown鈥檚 daring new book <em>The Tradition</em> details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown鈥檚 poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this nation? Where does freedom truly lie? Brown makes mythical pastorals to question the terrors to which we鈥檝e become accustomed, and to celebrate how we survive. Poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness, worship, and trauma are propelled into stunning clarity by Brown鈥檚 mastery, and his invention of the duplex鈥攁 combination of the sonnet, the ghazal, and the blues鈥攊s testament to his formal skill. <em>The Tradition</em> is a cutting and necessary collection, relentless in its quest for survival while reveling in a celebration of contradiction.
Pillow Thoughts III: Mending the Mind
by Courtney Peppernell

Language

English

Pages

226

Publication Date

August 06, 2019

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A beautifully raw and poignant collection of poetry and prose, <i>Pillow Thoughts III </i>continues the series from poet Courtney Peppernell<i>.</i> Fix yourself a warm drink and settle into Peppernell's words as she pens a tribute to her readers who are bravely continuing their journey from hurt to healing.聽
Aphrodite Made Me Do It
by Trista Mateer

Language

English

Pages

224

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>Bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award winning author Trista Mateer takes an imaginative approach to self-care with her new collection,聽<i>Aphrodite Made Me Do It</i>.聽</b><br />"You're made of the same stars as me. You may not have walked fully formed out of the ocean but聽the past is the past for a reason. Nothing that came before matters unless you want it to."<br />In this empowering and feminist retelling, she uses the mythology of the goddess alongside poetry and art to tackle timeless issues and traumas. If you let her, by the end of this book, Aphrodite will make you believe in the possibility of your own healing.聽
Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart
by Courtney Peppernell

Language

English

Pages

226

Publication Date

August 07, 2018

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Peppernell understands that healing is a process, and <i>Pillow Thoughts II</i>聽eloquently captures the time and experience that one goes through on their journey to peace through restoration.聽<br /><br />A collection of inspirational and comforting poems for anyone who is mending from a broken heart.
Nature Poem
by Tommy Pico

Language

English

Pages

128

Publication Date

May 09, 2017

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<p><strong>A book-length poem about how an American Indian writer can鈥檛 bring himself to write about nature, but is forced to reckon with colonial-white stereotypes, manifest destiny, and his own identity as an young, queer, urban-dwelling poet.<br /><br /><br /><br />A Best Book of the Year at聽<em>BuzzFeed, Interview</em>, and more.</strong></p><br /><p><strong>聽</strong></p><br /><em>Nature Poem</em> follows Teebs鈥攁 young, queer, American Indian (or NDN) poet鈥攚ho can鈥檛 bring himself to write a nature poem. For the reservation-born, urban-dwelling hipster, the exercise feels stereotypical, reductive, and boring. He hates nature. He prefers city lights to the night sky. He鈥檇 slap a tree across the face. He鈥檇 rather write a mountain of hashtag punchlines about death and give head in a pizza-parlor bathroom; he鈥檇 rather write odes to Aretha Franklin and Hole. While he鈥檚 adamant鈥攂ratty, even鈥攁bout his distaste for the word 鈥渘atural,鈥?over the course of the book we see him confronting the assimilationist, historical, colonial-white ideas that collude NDN people with nature. The closer his people were identified with the 鈥渘atural world,鈥?he figures, the easier it was to mow them down like the underbrush. But Teebs gradually learns how to interpret constellations through his own lens, along with human nature, sexuality, language, music, and Twitter. Even while he reckons with manifest destiny and genocide and centuries of disenfranchisement, he learns how to have faith in his own voice.
Life of the Party: Poems
by Olivia Gatwood

Language

English

Pages

152

Publication Date

August 20, 2019

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<b>A dazzling debut collection of raw and explosive poems about growing up in a sexist, sensationalized world, from a thrilling new feminist voice.</b><br /><br /> <i>i鈥檓 a good girl, bad girl, dream girl, sad girl</i><br /> <i>girl next door sunbathing in the driveway</i><br /> <i>i wanna be them all at once, i wanna be</i><br /> <i>all the girls I鈥檝e ever loved</i><br /> 鈥攆rom 鈥淕irl鈥?lt;br /><br /> Lauded for the power of her writing and having attracted an online fan base of millions for her extraordinary spoken-word performances, Olivia Gatwood now weaves together her own coming-of-age with an investigation into our culture鈥檚 romanticization of violence against women. At times blistering and riotous, at times soulful and exuberant, <i>Life of the Party </i>explores the boundary between what is real and what is imagined in a life saturated with fear. Gatwood asks, How does a girl grow into a woman in a world racked by violence? Where is the line between perpetrator and victim? In precise, searing language, she illustrates how what happens to our bodies can make us who we are.<br /><b><br />Praise for <i>Life of the Party</i></b><br /><br />鈥淒elicately devastating, this book will make us all 鈥榝eel less alone in the dark.鈥?鈥?lt;b>鈥擬iel Bredouw, writer and comedian,聽<i>Punch Up the Jam</i></b><br />聽<br />鈥淕atwood writes about the women who were forgotten and the men who got off too easy with an effortlessness and empathy and anger that yanked every emotion on the spectrum out of me. Imagine, we get to live in the age of Olivia Gatwood. Goddamn.鈥?lt;b>鈥擩amie Loftus, writer and comedian,聽<i>Boss Whom Is Girl聽</i>and聽<i>The Bechdel Cast<br /><br /></i></b>鈥淚鈥檝e read every poem in聽<i>Life of the Party</i>. I鈥檝e read each of them more than once. In some parts of the book the spine is already breaking because I鈥檝e spent so much time poring over it and losing hours in this world Olivia Gatwood has partly created, but partly just invited the reader to enter on their own, caution signs be damned.聽This book is enlightening, inspiring, igniting, and f***ing <i>scary</i>. I loved every word on every page with a ferocity that frightened me.鈥?lt;b>鈥擬adeline Brewer<b>, actress,聽<i>The Handmaid鈥檚 Tale, Orange Is the New Black,</i>聽and聽<i>Cam</i></b></b>
Unnamed to be Named (The Harbinger Poetry Series Book 8)
by , Lorenzo Buford

Language

English

Pages

158

Publication Date

August 09, 2019

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Imagine your name is a prison for your soul and the only way out is to free yourself from all the names you have been called or institutionalized in or enslaved in because of your skin color or gender identity. <br /><br />鈥淯nnamed to be Named鈥?is a collection of Gnostic poetry exploring how the soul has been shackled by being named into 鈥榮unken places鈥? made a whore in names and became a drunk wanderer in places where angels and demons do not want to look. When we forget the power of words we become slaves in a prison mind mentality. We must learn to speak our self into creation and not be a mule in other鈥檚 expectations.<br /><br />鈥aiting to be a structure<br />outside of a psychopathic architect.<br />I am not ordered for recycle<br />as this voice ceases being<br />a womb for fractured god things鈥?lt;br /><br />鈥淯nnamed to be Named鈥?is the eighth volume in The Harbinger Poetry Series, a nine book Gnostic poetry series about claiming sovereignty and authority of self. The journey of the soul through light and darkness continues.<br /><br />
If My Body Could Speak
by Blythe Baird

Language

English

Pages

104

Publication Date

February 05, 2019

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<b>Blythe Baird's <I>If My Body Could Speak</I> is a celebration of girlhood and all of its struggles and triumphs. </b><br /><br />In poems that dig deep into sexuality, acceptance of the body, survival of trauma, and learning to love yourself in spite of everything telling you not to, Baird's voice is a rich addition to her generation. Searing, soaring, and heartbreaking, <I>If My Body Could Speak</I> balances the softness of femininity with the sharpness that girls are forced to become.<br /><br />Includes poems such as "Girl Code 101", "When the Fat Girl Gets Skinny", and "Pocket-Sized Feminism" that have been watched by millions online.

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