Staff Picks

Refuse by Julian Randall

$17.00 University of Pittsburgh

Julian Randall’s debut, Refuse, illustrates the mind’s ever-so-gnawing struggle with binaries, boundaries, and identity. In these poems, we see bodies split and silenced, warred and hungry. There is never a dull moment, because such is being human, such are these poems. A voice that tackles what it means to move through society as someone who… Read More

Transaction Histories by Donna Stonecipher

$19.95 University of Iowa

Transaction Histories, Donna Stonecipher’s fifth collection, swallows the reader from the start, sending one deep into a 21st-century regency romance whose meticulously crafted prose poems wax melancholic on language, love, and travel. We are welcomed into a room full of keys, signet rings, and specimen boxes by an unpretending sophisticate who then ushers us along… Read More

Cease by Beth Bachmann

$17.00 University of Pittsburgh

This stunning, startling collection is a book of walls and wars. Wars—in the world, in the body—are fought for, are yearned to be outside of, all the while being constrained by walls: the metaphorical ones of relationships and desires, the physical ones as border to each page, the wall-poems standing watch over each section. As… Read More

I Can’t Talk about the Trees without the Blood by Tiana Clark

$17.00 University of Pittsburgh

Tiana Clark’s debut full-length, I Can’t Talk about the Trees without the Blood, paints a vivid portrait of a woman negotiating the opposing forces (black/white; desire/trauma; past/present) that suffuse her life. Aware of the inextricable linkages between history, sex, violence, language, beauty, music, and race, Clark asks her poems to probe it all, and in her dexterous… Read More

Ending in Planes & Third Voice by Ruth Ellen Kocher

$15 Noemi Press & $16.95 Tupelo Press (respectively)

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 start of a “sentence.” Poems of this form, scattered throughout… Read More

A Conjoined Book by Karla Kelsey

$17.95 Omnidawn

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 or in their speaker, but rather in the images of… Read More

We’re On: A June Jordan Reader edited by Cristoph Keller & Jan Heller Levi

$24.95 Alice James Books

Culled from over twenty-five works of poetry, fiction, criticism, and collaboration, June Jordan’s pieces that appear in this reader showcase Jordan’s ability to use language to punch holes in the fabric of political oppression, holes through which we just might be able to breathe. —Gabrielle Bates *** “These Poems” These poems they are things that I… Read More

Madness by sam sax

$18.00 Penguin

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 gaze on a moving wound. All around, the walls pulse… Read More

Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

$16.00 Graywolf Press

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 which black boys are free to experience the carefree love,… Read More

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