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April Is National Poetry Month!

Dear Friends of Open Books, Happy National Poetry Month! We’ll be updating our website and sending out a more robust newsletter next week, but we wanted to give you a quick heads up about some of the events we have going on this month: — Throughout the entire month of April, students and teachers, including… Read more »

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In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae

In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae (Wesleyan, 2017): The fifth exquisite collection of autobiographical, historical, and verisimilar narratives from a premier poetic mind. In the Language of My Captor is a suite of poems of freedom, ownership, identity, and fear, interlocked. McCrae is creator and… Read More

You Ask Me To Talk About the Interior by Carolina Ebeid

Carolina Ebeid’s debut collection You Ask Me To Talk About the Interior lifts up sorrow and turns it—gently, gorgeously, unceasingly—before the light of her gaze. Paradoxical and true to life, these poems sprawl to encompass more distance the deeper inward they retreat. The interior, for Ebeid’s speaker, appears… Read More

The Orchard Green and Every Color by Zach Savich

Zach Savich treats life like a walk in the park—the literal sort. Perspective is paramount. Midsummer pleasantries awaiting him at the end of his block are elevated to ecstatic atoms of a fully embodied present, but handled so deftly, there's no bombast to be found.… Read More

The Hermit by Lucy Ives

It might be that I am drawn to the subversion of traceable narrative, or to fractured consciousness, or simply to assembled chunks of quirky information and imagery, but The Hermit is my kind of book. Eighty numbered entries comprise a poet's bedazzled journal—of the gifted… Read More

Popular Songs: The Political Poems of 1819–1820 by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Here it is, coinciding with our riotous election season,  Shelley's rabble-rousing political poetry. In his time Percy Bysshe Shelley held strong anti-monarchical and anti-war feelings, letting these feelings live in powerful, strident poems. Entre Rios, the young Seattle poetry press, has produced a striking edition, typographically… Read More

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