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Citizen: An American Lyric
By Claudia Rankine. 2014
* Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry ** Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry…* Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism * Winner of the NAACP Image Award * Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize * Winner of the PEN Open Book Award *ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:The New Yorker, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, NPR. Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, Slate, Time Out New York, Vulture, Refinery 29, and many more . . .A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric.Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named "post-race" society.
Mi nube negra: Reflexiones · Poesías · Pensamientos
By Mnak. 2023
Mi nube negra, el estreno editorial de MNAK. Freestyle: rap, poesía y sentimiento. Mi nube negra es el primer libro…de Ignacio Romero Montero más conocido como MNAK. Una recopilación de poemas, frases, reflexiones y relatos cortos escritos por uno de los mayores talentos del freestyle español. La mejor manera de entender su mundo interior, su historia y cómo Ignacio se convirtió en Mnak.
By Charles Causley. 1973
You Still Look the Same
By Farzana Doctor. 2022
A moving collection of poetry about navigating mid-life, full of humour and wit, from acclaimed novelist Farzana DoctorThis debut poetry…collection from acclaimed novelist Farzana Doctor is both an intimate deep dive and a humorous glance at the tumultuous decade of her forties. Through crisp and vivid language, Doctor explores mid-life breakups and dating, female genital cutting, imprints of racism and misogyny, and the oddness of sex and love, and urges us to take a second look at the ways in which human relationships are never what we expect them to be.
Standing in a River of Time
By Jónína Kirton. 2022
Standing in a River of Time merges poetry and lyrical memoir on a journey exposing the intergenerational effects of colonization…on a Métis family. Kirton does not shy away from hard realities, meeting them head on, but always treating them with respect and the love stemming from a lifetime of spiritual healing and decades of sobriety. This collection unravels painful memories and a mixed-blood woman’s journey towards wholeness. The Ancestors whisper to Kirton throughout, asking her to heal, to bring them home, so that within these stories of redemption and loss the dead walk with us, their presence felt as the story unfurls in unexpected ways. Kirton does not offer false hope, nor does she push us towards answers we are not yet ready for. Instead, she gestures towards the many healing modalities she has explored as she discovers that the path to reconciliation is not only a long and winding road, but also that it begins with those closest to us.
Diving into the wreck: poems, 1971-1972
By Adrienne Rich. 1973
The poet describes these poems as explorations of her woman's selfhood and the theme of sexuality: wounds, identity, and politics.…Some of the poems appeared in the "Nation," the "New York Review of Books," "Partisan Review," and "Ramparts."
Futures; new poems
By Sandra Hochman. 1974
The last poems of Miguel de Unamuno
By Miguel De Unamuno. 1974
Poetic diary revealing a speculative and romantic mind unconcerned with the traditional rules of rhyme. The Spanish poet sees life…as an inevitable but redeeming pilgrimage and everything that occurs is of interest to him
I hear you smiling, and other poems
By Felice Holman. 1973
The secret look: poems
By Jessamyn West. 1974
Paradise Lost: Is An Epic Poem (The Norton Library #0)
By John Milton. 2022
Edited for the modern reader by Stephen B. Dobranski (author of The Cambridge Introduction to Milton), the Norton Library edition…of Paradise Lost features the complete text of the second (1674) edition, the last published during Milton’s lifetime. Extensive endnotes clarify obscure terms and references, and a thorough introduction discusses the epic’s innovations and its historical and religious contexts, illuminating for a new generation of readers the author’s radically ambitious undertaking to “justify the ways of God to men.”
Judas Goat: Poems
By Gabrielle Bates. 2023
A Vulture Most Anticipated Book of Winter A Chicago Review of Books , The Millions, Debutiful, and Write or Die…Magazine Best Book of January An Autostraddle Most Anticipated Queer and Feminist Book of 2023 “Stellar. . . . with great humanity, grace, and precision.” —Nicole Sealey, author of Ordinary Beast Gabrielle Bates’s electric debut collection Judas Goat plumbs the depths of intimate relationships. The book’s eponymous animal is used to lead sheep to slaughter while its own life is spared, and its harrowing existence echoes through this spellbinding collection of forty poems, which wrestle with betrayal and forced obedience, violence and young womanhood, and the “forbidden felt language” of sexual and sacred love. These poems conjure encounters with figures from scriptures, domesticated animals eyeing the wild, and mothering as a shapeshifting, spectral force; they question what it means to love another person and how to exorcise childhood fears. All the while, the Deep South haunts, and no matter how far away the speaker moves, the South always draws her back home. In confession, in illumination, Bates establishes herself as an unflinching witness to the risks that desire necessitates, as Judas Goat holds readers close and whispers its unforgettable lines.
Imago (Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction)
By Brian Swann. 2023
An exuberant collection of poems celebrating art, nature, and humanity.This various and vital poetry collection, in rich language and sharp…detail, spans the rural and urban, country and town, and foreign and domestic. Tracing the vagaries of the self, these poems record and transmute biography from an English youth to the trials and challenges of aging in America. Memorable for its exuberant voice and exacting eye, Brian Swann's Imago is awake to the natural world as well as the world within. From the half-page title poem to the multi-section "Elegiac," this volume is striking in its largeness, its tone evolving from self-indicting to ecstatic and self-transcendent. This collection, the author's fourteenth, is moving both as art and as testament.Imago unfolds much like a piece of music. It is a continuum by which Swann sees nature and art interwoven in the ways they emerge and change. In "Grief and Magritte," Swann muses upon "all of us snagged in a net whose skeins tangle in night sky / where one star dreams another." The title poem focuses on an insect "on its way through the changes, the patterns / of what led up to it, the catches and releases . . . saying now, and now" till "splitting down the back" such changes "release what was always there." Brian Swann's poems, moving in their candor, read as though they have always been there, too.
Another Day's Journey
By Lois Cloud. 2023
We all go through journeys in our lives and often feel that we are on this journey alone. It is…nice to know that the everyday ups and downs are the experiences that can make us or break us. When we walk in someone else’s shoes for a bit we can sympathize, laugh, cry, agree or disagree and at that point know that we are not alone in this life’s journey. We keep going, we keep living, and we keep experiencing the journeys in our lives that make us who we aspire to be, who we want to be and who we are. Look at your life and the journeys you are going through and think of all the roads to come, then realize that your past experiences are the things that motivate your future journeys. Love, peace, joy, and happiness are journeys that we should have every day. But we do not! Walk with me through a couple of journeys in my life.
Discombobulated and Other Poems
By Michelle L. L. Feltham. 2023
The poems in this engaging collection cover such topics as the seasons, the perils of overindulging during those seasons (as…well as at other times), politics, religion, travel, the obvious superiority of cats over mere humans, and the simple, timeless virtues of honesty, sacrifice and charity. No matter the subject, the poet’s sincerity, humour and intriguing view of human nature always shine through.
Song of Walls
By Poul Lynggaard Damgaard. 2023
The poetry collection Song of Walls by Poul Lynggaard Damgaard is a transformation of the poem when it meets the…world, and when it meets the world again. The depth of the landscape in touch with the reeds. ‘The courage of the junction” is a poem published in The Long‑Islander, New York, 2018. The beauty of nature is a point of reference. Digtsamlingen Song of Walls af Poul Lynggaard Damgaard er en forvandling af digtet, når det møder verden, og når det igen møder verden. Landskabets dybde i berøring med sivene. ‘The courage of the junction’ er et digt udgivet i The Long Islander, New York, 2018. Naturens skønhed er et referencepunkt.
By Sophie Cloud. 2023
It’s Murder! takes its name from the common expression used by people when making light of the trials and tribulations…of everyday life. These 30 poems show the complexity of the human character when met with adversity. Particular inspiration has been drawn from the author’s perspective and imaginings from the national lockdown beginning in March 2020. Vivid, fun, thought-provoking and complex themes captivate the reader and hold them to the very end.
Some of the Light: New and Selected Poems (Raised Voices)
By Tim Z. Hernandez. 2023
25 years of writing from one of our most gifted Latinx poets, featuring work from early explorations of machismo to…new meditations on life as a single father, immigrant detention, and spiritual inquirySome of the Light gathers the first 25 years of Hernandez&’s award-winning poetry, offering 28 new poems and a glimpse at the trajectory of a rising contemplative American author.At its core, Some of the Light contains collected poems of love, told through the lens of a single father raising two children alone in the borderlands. They are at times intimate and confessional, ranging from personal relationships to spiritual inquiry, from human rights to the environment, while between the cracks of the poems are poetic contemplations, chronicling the passing days of the pandemic.This latest work by Hernandez reveals a writer whom former US poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera calls &“a titan—unafraid to take to the road, get his hands dirty, to fully immerse himself in the world of his subjects.&”Some of the Light is a part of Beacon Press's Raised Voices poetry series, established in 2021 to raise historically excluded voices and perspectives, and to celebratepoetry&’s ability to access truths in ways no other form can.
Spoken Word: A Cultural History
By Joshua Bennett. 2023
A fascinating history of the art form that has transformed the cultural landscape, by one of its influential practitioners, an…award-winning poet, professor, and slam championIn 2009, when he was twenty years old, Joshua Bennett was invited to perform a spoken word poem for Barack and Michelle Obama, at the same White House "Poetry Jam" where Lin-Manuel Miranda declaimed the opening bars of a work-in-progress that would soon revolutionize American theater. That meeting is but one among many in the trajectory of Bennett's young life, as he rode the cresting wave of spoken word through the 2010s. In this book, he goes back to its roots, considering the Black Arts movement and the prominence of poetry and song in Black education; the origins of the famed Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the Lower East Side living room of the visionary Miguel Algarín, who hosted verse gatherings with legendary figures like Ntozake Shange and Miguel Piñero; the rapid growth of the "slam" format that was pioneered at the Get Me High Lounge in Chicago; the perfect storm of spoken word's rise during the explosion of social media; and Bennett's own journey alongside his older sister, whose work to promote the form helped shape spaces online and elsewhere dedicated to literature and the pursuit of human freedom. A celebration of voices outside the dominant cultural narrative, who boldly embraced an array of styles and forms and redefined what—and whom—the mainstream would include, Bennett's book illuminates the profound influence spoken word has had everywhere melodious words are heard, from Broadway to academia, from the podiums of political protest to cafés, schools, and rooms full of strangers all across the world.
By Clint Smith. 2023
A remarkable poetry collection with "inextinguishable generosity and abundant wisdom" (Monica Youn) from Clint Smith, the #1 New York Times bestselling…and National Book Critics Circle award-winning author of How the Word Is Passed. Clint Smith&’s vibrant and compelling new collection traverses the vast emotional terrain of fatherhood, and explores how becoming a parent has recalibrated his sense of the world. There are poems that interrogate the ways our lives are shaped by both personal lineages and historical institutions. There are poems that revel in the wonder of discovering the world anew through the eyes of your children, as they discover it for the first time. There are poems that meditate on what it means to raise a family in a world filled with constant social and political tumult. Above Ground wrestles with how we hold wonder and despair in the same hands, how we carry intimate moments of joy and a collective sense of mourning in the same body. Smith&’s lyrical, narrative poems bring the reader on a journey not only through the early years of his children&’s lives, but through the changing world in which they are growing up—through the changing world of which we are all a part.Above Ground is a breathtaking collection that follows Smith's first award-winning book of poetry, Counting Descent.