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Guilty Prayer

February 25, 2021
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"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

February 25, 2021
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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

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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

Arsenal With Praise Song

February 25, 2021
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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

Young Blood

February 25, 2021
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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

The Alleged Woman

February 25, 2021
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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.”

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A Mano / By Hand, Nicole Cecilia Delgado, Ugly Duckling Presse

Electric Sarcasm, Dimitra Ioannou, Ugly Duckling Presse

Glamour Ghoul: The Passions and Pains of the Real Vampira, Maila Nurmi, Feral House Press

Invisible Horizon: A Religious Pamphlet, Sibyl Kempson, Ugly Duckling Presse

Letters: The classroom is burning, let's dream about a School of Improper Education, KUNCI Study Forum & Collective, Ugly Duckling Presse

Of Forest and of Farms: On Faculty and Failure, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, Ugly Duckling Presse

Please Plant This Book Coast to Coast, Susan Kay Anderson, Finishing Line Press

Say Translation Is Art, Sawako Nakayasu, Ugly Duckling Presse

The Semblable, Chantal Maillard, Ugly Duckling Presse

Slow Down and Walk: A Conversation, Nadine George-Graves & Okwui Okpokwasili, Ugly Duckling Presse

Sound Like Trapped Thunder, Lind Peterson, Seneca Review Books

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Abracadabra Sunshine, Dexter L. Booth, Red Hen Press

American Quasar, David Camps, Red Hen Press

Anything That Happens, Cheryl Wilder, Press 53

Are You Somebody I Should Know?, Dell Lemmon, Box Turtle Press

Arsenal with Praise Song, Rodney Gomez, Orison Books

Bewildered by All This Broken Sky, Anna Scotti, Lightscatter Press

Birds of New Jersey, Susan Rothbard, The Broadkill River Press

A Camera Obscura, Carl Marcum, Red Hen Press

Cleave, Darla Himeles, Get Fresh Books

The Definition of Empty, Bill O'Neill, University of New Mexico Press

Duende de Burque: Alburquerque Poems and Musings, Manuel González, University of New Mexico Press

The Dust, J.R. Solonche, Dos Madres Press

The Era of Discontent, Brianna Noll, Elixir Press

Extremely Lightweight Guns, Nikki Moustaki, Red Hen Press

Ghost in a Black Girl's Throat, Khalisa Rae, Red Hen Press

Glorious Veils of Diane, Rainie Oet, Carnegie Mellon University Press

God Is a Bitch Too, María Paz Guerrero, Ugly Duckling Presse

Gone to Earth: Early and Uncollected Poems 1963-1975, Eleanor Wilner, Red Hen Press

Guilty Prayer, Steve Henn, Main Street Rag

How to Feed a Horse, Jeanice Dewey, Red Hen Press

Imagine Us, The Swarm, Muriel Leung, Nightboat Books

Kaputniks, Peter Jay Shippy, Saturnalia Books

The Knives We Need, Nava EtShalom, Carnegie Mellon University Press

The Lamps of History, Michael Sandler, FutureCycle Press

Lexicon, Allison Joseph, Red Hen Press

Liberamerica, Monchoachi, Ugly Duckling Presse

The Lyme Letters, C. R. Grimmer, Texas Tech University Press

Mother Body, Diamond Forde, Saturnalia Books

No Knowledge Is Complete Until It Passes Through My Body, Asiya Wadud, Nightboat Books

Oh You Robot Saints!, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Carnegie Mellon University Press

The One Certain Thing, Peter Cooley, Carnegie Mellon University Press

Original Grace, Gary Lemons, Red Hen Press

Permanent Volta, Rosie Stockton, Nightboat Books

Singer Come from Afar, Kim Stafford, Red Hen Press

A Slow Green Sleep, Jonathan Weinert, Saturnalia Books

A Theory for What Just Happened, Laurie Blauner, FutureCycle Press

Velroy and the Madischie Mafia, Sy Hoahwah, University of New Mexico Press

Words Like Love, Tanaya Winder, University of New Mexico Press

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The Alleged Woman: A True Tale of Ballot Intrigue, Joe Taylor, Livingston Press

Come On Up, Jordi Nopca, Bellevue Literary Press

How Not to Drown, Jaimee Wriston, Alcove Press

How Other People Make Love, Thisbe Nissen, Wayne State University Press

The Man Who Loved His Wife, Jennifer Anne Moses, Mayapple Press

Minor Characters, Jaime Clarke, Roundabout

Nesting Habits of Flightless Birds, Chris Haven, Tailwinds Press

Remember My Face: A Willie Cuesta Mystery, John Lantigua, Arte Publico Press

The Remnants of Summer, Dawn Newton, Apprentice House Press

The Root of Everything & Lightning, Scott Alexander Hess, Rebel Satori Press

Strange Children, Sadie Hoagland, Red Hen Press

To Live and Die in El Valle, Oscar Mancinas, Arte Publico Press

The Ways We Get By, Joe Dornich, Black Lawrence Press


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