Staff Picks


These Possible Lives: Essays by Fleur Jaeggy

$12.95 New Directions

Three lyric micro-bios that tantalize. De Quincey, Schwob, and Keats treated elegantly, poetically, their peculiarities and penumbras arranged in masterful montage. Jaeggy speaks on tidbits, deathbeds, and recorded morsels to depict these writers succinctly yet spellbindingly, as no one before her has. This book sticks to the hands. *** posted by Alexander Moysaenko

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Whereas by Layli Long Soldier

$16.95 Graywolf

“What’s the last book of contemporary poetry that really blew you away?” is a question I often ask, and lately, it seems like the answer is always Whereas. Throughout her debut collection, Long Soldier, a dual citizen of the U.S. and the Oglala Lakota Nation, responds to President Obama’s 2009 congressional apology to Native Americans—signed with little fanfare… Read More

Archeophonics by Peter Gizzi

$24.95 Wesleyan

In his sixth full-length collection—a 2016 National Book Award finalist—Gizzi tends the anarchic gardens of American lyricism with mature charm. He is nimbly in control, restrained, meticulously sculpting, stirring up an enchanting bouquet as he threads legato lineation and contrapuntal melodies of high and low diction throughout. Archeophonics is a beaming book you’ll feel the need to… Read More

Phrasis by Wendy Xu

$15.95 Fence Books

Taking as her material the phrase, rather than the sentence, Xu moves in her second collection from thought to thought in ways that often feel mysterious, practically magical, outside grammar’s expected bounds. This is a collection I find exhilarating for how it perplexes me. How did that abstraction just turn into an image? How did… Read More

I Am Flying into Myself: Selected Poems, 1960–2014 by Bill Knott

$28.00 Farrar, Straus & Giroux

This brand-new, posthumously published selection from Bill Knott’s oeuvre—edited by a longtime friend, the late Thomas Lux—revivifies a half-century of dedication to the craft. Knott was a wild-eyed surrealist, a mussed-up romantic, a part-time minimalist, a learned formalist, a straight-faced comedian, a self-effacing provocateur, and a true-blue amateur. His poetry exalts and dashes down. It… Read More

Recombinant by Ching-In Chen

$16.95 Kelsey Street Press

This ambitious, formally inventive, and unsettling collection dares diagram ghosts. Chen uses the spacious 8 x 10 page to take the eye for a journey that mirrors—in all its palpable silences, silencings, and cells—the histories of racialized violence and human commodification at the book’s thematic core. Eerie in its accumulations, the language feels extracted, archival,… Read More

In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae

$24.95 Wesleyan

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 curator, maestro of the subtle coherence of several vantages and revelations, whether they’re those of the eponymous Black captive, of… Read More

You Ask Me to Talk about the Interior by Carolina Ebeid

$15.00 Noemi Press

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 to be everything—drowned dogs, Paul Celan, autism—that swirls around and… Read More

The Orchard Green and Every Color by Zach Savich

$17.95 Omnidawn

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. A tenderness pervades, threads of pain too. With uncrowded lines… Read More

The Hermit by Lucy Ives

$17.95 The Song Cave

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 primary-school kind—in which the rug is repeatedly whacked in search… Read More