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Ending in Planes & Third Voice by Ruth Ellen Kocher

Ending in Planes offers the reader an infinite sentence only capable in dreams. Imagine a speaker who needs not breath for the body of their words nor time to create them. In long lines devoid of punctuation, Ruth Ellen Kocher uses capital letters to denote the… Read More

A Conjoined Book by Karla Kelsey

Karla Kelsey is a master of molding the lyric to her own explorations, which in the case of this collection, her third, include questions of mind and book, weather and landscape. Kelsey offers up two sections that "conjoin" at the hip—not in their narrative state… Read More

Madness by sam sax

Clinically framed and achingly embodied, this thrilling debut takes our bloody hand in its bloody hand and leads us through the halls of mental health institutions, treatments, and histories. I am in awe of sax’s formal dexterity, as well as his ability to hold his… Read More

Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

Danez Smith garnered wide acclaim for [insert] boy (YesYes Books) making this—their second collection—one of the most highly anticipated books of the year. Already shortlisted for the National Book Award, this collection pushes the redemptive possibilities of language, imagining an afterlife “not earth / not heaven” in… Read More

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