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Summer Newsletter 2022 Poetry

Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

In this second collection of poetry, Ocean Vuong looks at the intimacy of memory and the fleeting nature of self through the lens of his mother’s recent passing. Vuong writes with a noticeably matured and sharper voice, while playing with some more stylistically formal choices. At times quiet and always brutally honest, Time Is a Mother is another of Vuong’s masterpieces.  —Holly

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ISBN: 9780593300237
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Published: Penguin Press - April 5th, 2022

The Path to Kindness Poems of Connection and Joy Edited by James Crews

James Crews has given us all the chance to breathe deeply with this follow-up to How to Love the World. Each poem in this anthology is a warm sweater, a soft hug, a glimmer of hope. Drawing from the works of veterans of the craft as well as emerging poets, The Path to Kindness walks us through themes such as motherhood, friendship, and the tenderness of our mortality. This is a collection that belongs on your bedside table, always within reach.  —Holly

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By James Crews (Editor), Danusha Laméris (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781635865332
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - April 12th, 2022

The Hurting Kind by Ada Limón

My heart, rejoice! Ada Limón’s new collection is here and with it, an emotional resonance for the complexity of living, especially through these past few years. Full of lyricism, image, and insight, her poems feel guided by this charge in The First Lesson: “My mother nailed the wing / to her studio wall. // She told me not to be / scared. I watched // and learned to watch // closely the world.” Limón’s keen observation of our interconnectedness with each other and the living world guides us through loss, joy, and profound, exquisite, everyday living.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9781639550494
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Published: Milkweed Editions - May 10th, 2022

Lives by CJ Evans

Lives is a collection of verse that explores the complicated and personal relationship between our natural world and the human tendency to become violent and destroy. The lyrics of CJ Evans are intimately political, unreserved, and stinging, yet somehow encouraging of our ability to find solace, beauty, and love despite the violence that surrounds us. Reading this collection felt like finally being able to release a breath I’ve been holding in for too long.  —Magnolia

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By Cj Evans, Victoria Chang (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781946448965
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Published: Sarabande Books - June 14th, 2022

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