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You Are Here: Poetry in the Natural World Edited by Ada Limón

Ada Limón, the twenty-fourth U.S. poet laureate says, “I just want us all to write poems and save the planet,” and then proceeds to connect us through fifty commissioned works from a diversity of voices like José Olivarez, Ellen Bass, Camille T. Dungy, Dorianne Laux, and Ruth Awad, each exploring their places in nature, fostering a collective resonance and awakening. You Are Here is a map of how to live in our natural world, each piece a signpost, a rock cairn, a park bench to rest on along the way—a gorgeous contribution to our shared survival.  —Melinda

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By Ada Limón (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571315687
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Published: Milkweed Editions - April 2nd, 2024

woke up no light by Leila Mottley

Oakland native Leila Mottley’s debut collection of poetry is powerful and unapologetic. Mottley maneuvers her audience through “girlhood,” “neighborhood,” “falsehood,” and finally, to “womanhood.” Her exploration of Black girlhood traverses themes of reparations, restitution, and desire, through searing, raw, and rhythmic prose. These poems are personal, urgent, celebratory, wise, and complex.  —Magnolia

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593319710
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Published: Knopf - April 16th, 2024

Sidetracks by Bei Dao

It’s hard to know where to start with Sidetracks, Bei Dao’s first collection of poetry in over a decade. That it is brilliance and remembrance set in an incantatory long poem, an entire life of ruminations. That it was written after Dao made his way back from a stroke, that a painting he did during his recovery now graces its cover. That it is bilingual, lyrical, political, bearing witness to his experiences, in China, in exile, some here in California. I do know how to end though, with his illuminating afterward, and then right back at the beginning, and this time out loud.  —Melinda

 

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By Bei Dao, Jeffrey Yang (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811238441
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Published: New Directions - May 14th, 2024

My Body Is Paper: Stories and Poems by Gil Cuadros

This recently rediscovered collection of stories and poems is a poignant window into the adolescent life of Gil Cuadros as a young gay man navigating Chicanx Los Angeles. His candid prose takes us through a raw exploration of sex, religion, drugs, heritage, and family, all the way up to his untimely diagnosis and subsequent death from AIDS. Spiritual, tender, and seductive, My Body Is Paper is already an essential classic. —Magnolia

 

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By Gil Cuadros, Pablo Alvarez (Editor), Kevin Martin (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780872869097
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Published: City Lights Books - June 4th, 2024

Removal Acts by Erin Marie Lynch

Through a hybrid collection of poetry, found documents, and photography, Erin Marie Lynch’s accessible debut powerfully draws the reader into the complications of reckoning with the past while finding meaning in the present. Lynch’s honesty and vulnerability explode onto the page, creating an intimate portrait that feels both deeply personal and universal. The line “I live because you lived through” echoes deeply within me now. A stunning collection that vibrates far beyond the last page. 

—Tyler

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ISBN: 9781644452530
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2023

The Iliad by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson

Five years after Emily Wilson’s acclaimed translation of The Odyssey first made literary waves, she has given us Homer’s companion piece, The Iliad, its war-torn, humans-in-a-crucible cousin. Refreshing once again, Wilson’s translation honors the intent of its original storyteller to tell a good story in his own time, by stripping away historical layers and language flourishes to get to its roots, the people, the conflict, the land. This Iliad is relatable, magnetic, enjoyable, and because of this, it is transcendent.

—Melinda

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By Homer, Emily Wilson (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781324001805
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 26th, 2023

The Border Simulator by Gabriel Dozal, translated by Natasha Tiniacos

Southwest native Gabriel Dozal understands the U.S.-Mexico border and its complexity. His smart, playfully challenging collection explores its realities beyond our newsfeeds, and further considers what other borders are crossed in our hyper-technological world. Set alongside their Spanish translations, these poems create the tale of two siblings and their real/unreal experience. If you’re looking for something unexpected, there is much to gain in the unfettered reading of this trailblazing work. 

—Melinda

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By Gabriel Dozal, Natasha Tiniacos (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780593447291
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Published: One World - August 15th, 2023

Promises of Gold written by José Olivarez and translated by David Ruano

José Olivarez writes with masterful complexity, yet his poems are accessible even to the “I don’t understand poetry” readers of the world. In Promises of Gold, he has odes to brotherhood, heartbreak, Mexican culture, and the idea of punching Jeff Bezos. In a casual tone reminiscent of Ross Gay and Danez Smith, Olivarez invites his readers to dance, grieve, and laugh alongside him. José Olivarez makes good on his word: Each poem in this collection is dripping with gold. 

—Holly

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By José Olivarez, David Ruano (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781250878496
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - February 14th, 2023

From From: Poems by Monica Yoon

On the first page Monica Youn says, “To mention the Asianness of the figures is also to mention, by implication, the Asianness of the poet.” This sets the tone for the entire collection as Youn mixes her life experience with an analysis of race in America. At times her analysis strays from the poetic genre but always manages to seamlessly blend back into her lyrical takes on the matter. 

—Ian

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ISBN: 9781644452219
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 7th, 2023

Rose Quartz: Poems by Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe

There is something so unflinchingly naked about Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe’s writing that I found myself wanting to look away at times, only to be pulled back into her treacherous and majestic language. LaPointe draws inspiration from folklore, tarot, and Indigenous heritage to craft a sort of manual for healing. This collection feels like a tapestry of womanhood—and of the violence, beauty, and hunger that comes along with it.

—Holly

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ISBN: 9781571315434
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Published: Milkweed Editions - March 14th, 2023

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