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Summer Reading 2021 Poetry Recommendations

See the full list of great reading recommendations for Summer 2021 here.

The Essential June Jordan Edited by Jan Heller Levi & Christoph Keller

This wonderfully curated collection of June Jordan’s poetry takes works from every stage of her writing life, including four previously unpublished pieces. Her verse is some of the most important poetry created in the 20th century; every page feels like a privilege, a gift of her talent. I appreciate not only the selection but the flow of the book. There is a rhythm to the order of the poems. Every aspect in here feels intentional. — MJ

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ISBN: 9781556596209
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 4th, 2021

I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World by Kendra DeColo

Kendra DeColo’s book of poems is a page-turning, mind-bending, hilariously unabashed celebration of defiance. DeColo reinvents what poetic form can be: “A poem should be heavy metal / worn as armor when the world hurts”. She defines motherhood as punk-rock heroism, pop culture as an absurd but necessary addiction, and life as a series of joyful misfortunes. For those who enjoy their poetry with a heaping spoonful of humor and wit. — Juj

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781950774272
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Published: BOA Editions - April 20th, 2021

nedí nezu (Good Medicine) by Tenille Campbell

Indigenous poet Tenille Campbell, in her sensual, adventurous, and romantic way, embraces love and heartbreak across both physical and virtual social spheres in this volume of poetry. Between would-be lovers and soul connections are the wisdom of mothers and aunties and the intimate songs of her inner voice which, again and again, chooses to love itself. — Juj

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781551528465
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - April 13th, 2021

Wicked Enchantment: Selected Poems by Wanda Coleman

This posthumous collection edited by Terrance Hayes is a stunning introduction to the undeservedly underknown Wanda Coleman, and a vibrant review for those more familiar with her work. The poems Hayes has curated showcase the range of Coleman’s singular voice and agile, robust language. These poems are vignettes, deliriums, odysseys, and letters, ranging from the beautifully fantastic and deftly sexy to the poignantly matter-of-fact, with lines and images to hold and turn over and over. A powerful and lingering poetic experience. — Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781574232462
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Published: Black Sparrow Press - March 23rd, 2021

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