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“Lily-livered is a beautifully braided catalog of ways to live and not die. Wren Hanks writes on friendship, hunger, touch, transformation, and the inheritance of a trait for which the chapbook is named. ‘Imagine it happened in a barn, a meat cellar.’ These poems unfurl as an array of forms, forms of life, with sensuous patterns and particulars. With ‘stubble the possible field,’ Hanks breathes lines that combine ribaldry, romance, and refrain into stunning, surprising images and interconnections. This is a smart, moving collection that you will love reading alone or with friends. ‘The ground is safe.’” —Oliver Baez Bendorf. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
In her debut full-length collection of poems, The Supposed Huntsman, Fowley creates spaces that blur the lines of gender, species, and self: “Every animal is deadly / even the shape-shifter.” Fowley uses incantatory anaphora to enact endless transformations, becoming by turns a motley, plume-lit teacher-creature and a bear longing, like a bro, for a maiden in a tree. Drawing inspiration from Brothers Grimm fairy tales and troubadour tradition, Fowley’s poems elate and interrogate, ever aware that “childhood is so intensely serious.” Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
“War, mental illness, narcotics, sickness, incest and a deep passion for poetry were all a part of the Austrian poet Georg Trakl's short and tragic life (1887-1914). Biographical accounts have been few, vague and speculative. [ . . . ] In Blue Swan, Black Swan: The Trakl Diaries, Stephanie Dickinson opens a new door, but not one into Trakl's psyche, rather from out of his psyche as if it were him relaying the incidents as they occurred in each particular moment and which these poems more than aptly provide. All is as if it originates from his mouth, from his dictation onto the pages of what is meant to be read as his unwritten diary. . . ." —Paul B. Roth. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
“This bizarre, charming, darkly comic irreality of paid cuddlers and mean-spirited parents, where intimacy is commodified and heroes nonexistent might at first resemble something far off and fanciful. But take another look. This is the desperate, inscrutable world we’ve come to inhabit. And those outsiders and losers our own bewildered selves. Dornich is a master of the present moment.” –Adam Prince. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
The town of Black Bear Creek is well past its glory days and ravaged by the mining industry on which its people depend. The characters in Joshua Cross’s debut story collection struggle to survive against rampant poverty while their drinking water is poisoned and the mountains around them are stripped away. Spanning decades, these are stories of life shattering injuries inflicted by working in the mines. Of men and women forced to be so hard they are frequently surprised by their own vulnerability. Despite the bleak backdrop, these are stories about how they find ways to love and hope and fight. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
In the nine stories of How Other People Make Love, Thisbe Nissen chronicles the lives and choices of people questioning the heteronormative institution of marriage. Concerning husbands and wives, lovers and leavers, Nissen’s stories explore our search for connection and all the ways we undercut it when we do find it. How Other People Make Love asserts that there aren’t right and wrong ways to love; there are only our very complicated and contradictory human hearts, minds, bodies, and desires—all searching for something, whether we know what that is or not. These are stories for anyone who has ever loved or been loved. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
"Guilty Prayer is most stunning for how much it fits into a small space. All of this, no doubt, in praise of Steve Henn’s brilliantly malleable poetic voice, which shifts tones, moods, and paces seamlessly between pages and between lines. I love this book for how it faces me, how it speaks to me, how it trusts me with what it knows. Reading this has made me a more generous person." —Hanif Abdurraqib
Mother Body is an intersectional exploration of the trauma and agency held within a body defined by its potential to mother. As Mother Body unfolds, it tasks its reader to understand the expected and unexpected manifestations of motherhood, through menstruation and womb work, but also generational, societal, and literary mothering. With a variety of forms and modes, these poems unpack the experiences of a fat, black woman's body while also manifesting joy, resistance, and celebration. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Ghost in a Black Girl’s Throat is a heart-wrenching reconciliation and confrontation of the living, breathing ghosts that awaken Black women each day. This debut poetry collection summons multiple hauntings—ghosts of matriarchs that came before, those that were slain, and those that continue to speak to us, but also those horrors women of color strive to put to rest. Khalisa Rae examines the haunting feeling of facing past demons while grappling with sexism, racism, and bigotry. This book calls out for women to speak their truth in hopes of settling the ghosts or at least being at peace with them. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Rodney Gómez's Arsenal With Praise Song somehow manages to yoke together lament and celebration, reproach and veneration across the borders of eras and nations. Set in the stark desert landscape of the México–U.S. border all too familiar to so many refugees and migrants, these poems scrutinize human bodies and the body of the earth as the sites of great injustices and violences—political, social, and spiritual—and as the vehicles that carry our collective legacy generation to generation. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Sipho, a seventeen-year-old from Umlazi, South Africa, drops out of high school and joins a carjacking syndicate to make a name for himself and escape his family’s low-income life. Sipho learns the tricks of the dangerous trade under the guidance of gang leader Sibani, while partying heavily and chasing women nightly. Candid and unapologetic, Young Blood is the story of the intricate balance of circumstance and choice, swift gain and incredible loss. Both a red-hot crime novel and a coming-of-age story, Young Blood reveals the devastating violence and raw beauty of life in South Africa’s townships. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Breaking News! Biden Ballots! FBI finds nearly seven million Joe Biden ballots in Alabama woman's car trunk! Sumter County, Alabama: FBI agents found the trunk of a Sumter County woman's black Nissan Altima filled with ballots listing Joe Biden for President. In the Altima's glove compartment, the agents also found eleven books of first-class stamps depicting Elvis. And that’s only the start! Soon, New York lawyer Rudy Gullibilliani travels to Sumter County, Alabama, in an effort to rectify if not clarify matters. As Mr. Gullibilliani states, “I know criminals very well. That’s why I’m here.”
In 1650, in Massachusetts, a woman was falsely accused of killing her friend’s child. She was immediately tried and soon hanged. The Shape of the Keyhole examines a community’s fear-driven silence and envisions the innocent woman’s days as she awaits her execution. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Set at the crossroads of middle age, this book investigates love and family—both the families we are born into and those we create for ourselves. Funny, cinematic, and inventive, the poems recount family lore side by side with the perplexities of contemporary romance. They are charged with the recent national legalization of same-sex marriage and show us that marriage and family are a learned project, one passed down, to be attempted by each new generation as best it can. He finally casts his gaze to future possibility: what we would be, would do, if we could. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.