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Poetry from our 2021 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2021 Winter Newsletter.


Pilgrim Bell: Poems by Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar’s honest resonance is unmatched by any poet I have read in this decade. With an unflinching spirituality, Akbar takes us on a journey through discomfort, through holiness, through beauty in its ugliest forms. Often returning to the body, and always drawing upon his experience as a Muslim American, Akbar paints images so sharp they could cut skin. This collection of poetry is breathtaking, harrowing, and utterly necessary. —Holly V.

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ISBN: 9781644450598
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 3rd, 2021

Philomath: Poems by Devon Walker-Figueroa

Philomath is “love of learning” by definition and the name of poet Devon Walker-Figueroa’s beyond-rural Oregon childhood town, now ghostly. Grounded in the personal, entangled with those who stay and those who leave, and overgrown with the ripe, natural world, this smart debut collection is small-town America told with an unerring eye toward the real, all while lyrically spinning a new mythology. It is its own marvel, worth rereading, and out loud. —Melinda

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ISBN: 9781571315229
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 14th, 2021

Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems by Rita Dove

“Let it be said, while in the midst of horror, we fed on beauty—and that, my love, is what sustained us.” Rita Dove’s newest collection of poetry is a prayer for our collective future. Whether musing on love through the eyes of a cricket or investigating the wounds of racialized trauma, Dove writes with clever honesty and radical vulnerability. Playlist for the Apocalypse is the kind of book you clutch to your chest upon finishing, and pray that not a single word of it will be forgotten. —Holly

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ISBN: 9780393867770
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 2021

All This Time by Cedar Sigo

All This Time is a gorgeous collection of poetry from Indigenous author Cedar Sigo. His use of the blank page as a canvas on which to paint words was like a literary breeze on my face. Sigo embodies the words and creates a world of their own, something that is wholly new while paying respects to the artists before him. The poems are haunting, with an air about them like recovered memories. Highly suggested for the poet in your life. —MJ

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ISBN: 9781950268467
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Published: Wave Books - October 5th, 2021

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