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That's What I Thought by Gary Young

Gary Young’s prose poems feel like forgotten soulmates. Seemingly unassuming sentences, day-to-day observations, build upon each other, and then in an expert turn, enlightenment takes sudden, luminous flight. Each poem sits with me long after I’ve read it once, twice, more. His new collection, That’s What I Thought, comes out this fall, and I am so looking forward to dipping in and finding new companions. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9780892554942
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Published: Persea Books - September 25th, 2018

So Far So Good by Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin was best known for her groundbreaking, visionary, best-selling science fiction and fantasy novels, but throughout her life, she wrote, read, and believed in the power of poetry. In this, her last collection, Le Guin is unflinching in the face of mortality, and full of wonder for the mysteries beyond. “These poems are candid in the extreme, casual in the faces of death, funny, glum, reverent, irreverent, certain, uncertain, but never trivial, never an afterthought, never the product of anything other than rigor and discipline and delight in what’s left of the world.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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ISBN: 9781556595387
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - October 2nd, 2018

The Carrying by Ada Limón

I want to live my life through the lens of Limón’s poetry. Rooted in the very earth her fingers dig into, she writes her world like a garden full of living things that she carefully observes, naming each plant, each bird, each grief and trial and love. Moving from family issues to social ones, wanting life and watching death, her poems challenge us to see, to feel, and to soldier on: “Look, we are not unspectacular things. / We’ve come this far, survived this much. What / would happen if we decided to survive more? To love harder?” - Melinda           

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ISBN: 9781571315120
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 14th, 2018

Evolution by Eileen Myles

Evolution, Eileen Myles’s first all-new collection of poetry since 2011, circles back to classic themes such as their love of dogs, loneliness, and parental loss. These poems, however, are also immediate and pressingly contemporary. Myles is conducting an intimate exchange with the government, peering into their computer and saying hello to whoever might be surveilling them.”—Lambda Literary

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ISBN: 9780802128508
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Published: Grove Press - September 11th, 2018

Scattered at Sea by Amy Gerstler

Poetry-- which covers kissing, pulling long limbs out of bed, the love of trees, feminism, wanting to fight that guy who hurt your friend, and talking to the actual dead. It is one of my favorite collections, and among the most uplifting… although it did make me cry. - a.c.

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ISBN: 9780143126898
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Published: Penguin Books - May 26th, 2015

Application for Release from the Dream by Tony Hoagland

One of the most gorgeously skilled contemporary poets, Hoagland’s book is the equal and opposite of Gerstler’s in a way. These poems also vividly appreciate life and connection, but **oooh boy** they are rough to read, because they appreciate the best of life as it is set against the backdrop of existential void. Did that make sense? Listen, I love this book. - a.c.

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ISBN: 9781555977184
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 2015

Erratic Facts by Kay Ryan

This will be the poetry book I read most over the next month. It is about things removed from where they began-- like a tribute to change, and to survival. Each poem is brief, excessively clever, and beautiful. I have more sticky notes in this collection than in any other, because I have marked almost every poem with the specific situation in which it should be read. - a.c.

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ISBN: 9780802125545
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Published: Grove Press - October 11th, 2016

Imaginary Vessels by Paisley Rekdal

More poetry! Paisley Rekdal created an incredible exploration of theme in this collection: she explores the idea of literal vessels, which contain other items, from glass vessels to expectant mothers… then she parlays into the idea of the cultural vessel, explored through the voice of a feminist, witty, and cutting Mae West… last, Rekdal imagines poetry based around a museum collection of skulls she once visited. - a.c.

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ISBN: 9781556594977
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - November 8th, 2016

Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

Danez is probably my top favorite slam poet currently active on the scene…you could even stop what you’re doing right now, go to Google, and watch the poem “Black Movie” performed by Danez live. This particular collection hushed my very bones when I first read an excerpt-- I think maybe in the New Yorker?-- and it is stunning. “do you know what it’s like to live/ someplace that loves you back?” - a.c.

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ISBN: 9781555977856
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

Devotions by Mary Oliver

This is the Mary Oliver book for your bookshelf (alongside all her other books, of course). Here, Oliver has personally chosen over 200 poems, selected from her most recent collection, Felicity, to her first from 1965, No Voyage and Other Poems. It is a pleasure to see the trajectory of her work over five decades of writing, but also to just dip in and out at your leisure, each time feeling awe. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9780399563249
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017


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