Someone Else s Wedding Vows

Someone Else s Wedding Vows
Author: Bianca Stone
Publsiher: Tin House Books
Total Pages: 88
Release: 2014-03-18
ISBN 10: 1935639757
ISBN 13: 9781935639756
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Someone Else s Wedding Vows Book Review:

The much-anticipated debut collection from a celebrated young poet, Someone Else's Wedding Vows marks the arrival of an exciting new voice in American poetry. Someone Else’s Wedding Vows reflects on the different forms of love, which can be both tremendously joyous and devastatingly destructive. The title poem confronts a human ritual of marriage from the standpoint of a wedding photographer. Within the tedium and alienation of the ceremony, the speaker grapples with a strange human hopefulness. In this vein, Stone explores our everyday patterns and customs, and in doing so, exposes them for their complexities. Drawing on the neurological, scientific, psychological, and even supernatural, this collection confronts the difficulties of love and family. Stone rankles with a desire to understand, but the questions she asks are never answered simply. These poems stroll along the abyss, pointing towards the absurdity of our choices. They recede into the imaginative in order to understand and translate the distressing nature of reality. It is a bittersweet question this book raises: Why we are like this? There is no easy answer. So while we look down at our hands, perplexed, Someone Else’s Wedding Vows raises a glass to the future.

Not Here

Not Here
Author: Hieu Nguyen
Publsiher: Coffee House Press
Total Pages: 73
Release: 2018-04-10
ISBN 10: 1566895197
ISBN 13: 9781566895194
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Not Here Book Review:

Not Here is a flight plan for escape and a map for navigating home; a queer Vietnamese American body in confrontation with whiteness, trauma, family, and nostalgia; and a big beating heart of a book. Nguyen’s poems ache with loneliness and desire and the giddy terrors of allowing yourself to hope for love, and revel in moments of connection achieved.

Gold That Frames the Mirror

Gold That Frames the Mirror
Author: Brandon Melendez
Publsiher: SCB Distributors
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2019-04-22
ISBN 10: 1949342042
ISBN 13: 9781949342048
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gold That Frames the Mirror Book Review:

In Brandon Melendez’s debut poetry collection, Gold That Frames the Mirror, nothing sung can truly be lost. Orbiting a daisy-chain of fascinations that range from heritage & family to grief, music, & mental illness, these poems want to know what “home” means, even when the answers can seem too blood-bright to bear staring at. Yet do not mistake Melendez for a poet of an uncomplicated sadness: even when he writes of deep loss, there is the possibility of wonder & joy. Drawing from a wellspring of profound bewilderment present in his images as well as how language assumes—or is assumed by—form, Melendez knows poetry, like home, is something we carry with us in our bodies. Every certainty and every wonderment in Gold That Frames the Mirror is come by honestly and with Melendez’s unwavering & tender scrutiny. Here is a book haunted by history but never in service of it. Here is a book that wants to know what comes after elegy, when the gods slink back into their heavens, when we are only left with the names of our dead & the good, dark earth. Melendez offers something like a prayer against overlooking the past & to remember where the gold came from. After all, “Anywhere can become you / once you forget / how you got there."

Floating Brilliant Gone

Floating  Brilliant  Gone
Author: Franny Choi
Publsiher: SCB Distributors
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2014-08-22
ISBN 10: 1938912942
ISBN 13: 9781938912948
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Floating Brilliant Gone Book Review:

In her electrifying debut, Franny Choi leads readers through the complex landscapes of absence, memory, and identity. Beginning in loss and ending in reflective elation, Floating, Brilliant, Gone explores life as a brief impossibility, “infinite / until it isn’t.” Punctuated with haunting illustrations by Jess X. Chen, Choi’s poems read like lucid dreams that jolt awake at the most unexpected moments.

Thousand Star Hotel

Thousand Star Hotel
Author: Bao Phi
Publsiher: Coffee House Press
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2017-06-13
ISBN 10: 1566894816
ISBN 13: 9781566894814
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thousand Star Hotel Book Review:

Thousand Star Hotel confronts the silence around racism, police brutality, and the invisibility of the Asian American urban poor. From “with thanks to Sahra Nguyen for the refugee style slogan”: They give the kids candy to bet. My daughter loses the first four rounds, she’s a quiet wire as they take her candy away, piece by piece. When she finally wins, I ask if she wants to play again. No! she shouts, grabbing her candy, I want to go home! True refugee style: take everything you got and run with it. Bao Phi is a National Poetry Slam finalist.

Trickster Feminism

Trickster Feminism
Author: Anne Waldman
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2018-07-03
ISBN 10: 0525504346
ISBN 13: 9780525504344
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Trickster Feminism Book Review:

New from celebrated poet and performer Anne Waldman - an edgy, visionary collection that meditates on gender, existence, passion and activism Mythopoetics, shape shifting, quantum entanglement, Anthropocene blues, litany and chance operation play inside the field of these intertwined poems, which coalesced out of months of protests with some texts penned in the streets. Anne Waldman looks to the imagination of mercurial possibility, to the spirits of the doorway and of crossroads, and to language that jolts the status quo of how one troubles gender and outwits patriarchy. She summons Tarot's Force Arcana, the passion of the suffragettes, and various messengers and heroines of historical, hermetic, and heretical stance, creating an intersectionality of lived experience: class, sexuality, race, politics all enter the din. These are experiments of survival.

Calling a Wolf a Wolf

Calling a Wolf a Wolf
Author: Kaveh Akbar
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2018-02-01
ISBN 10: 0141987987
ISBN 13: 9780141987989
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Calling a Wolf a Wolf Book Review:

A POETRY BOOK SOCIETY RECOMMENDATION I could not be held responsible for desire he could not be held at all Tracking the joys and pains of the path through addiction, and wrestling with desire, inheritance and faith, Calling a Wolf a Wolf is the darkly sumptuous debut from award-winning poet Kaveh Akbar. These are powerful, intimate poems of thirst: for alcohol, for other bodies, for knowledge and for life. 'The struggle from late youth on, with and without God, agony, narcotics and love, is a torment rarely recorded with such sustained eloquence and passion as you will find in this collection' FANNY HOWE 'Compelling . . . strange . . . always beautiful' ROXANE GAY, AUTHOR OF BAD FEMINIST AND HUNGER 'Truly brilliant' JOHN GREEN, AUTHOR OF THE FAULT IN OUR STARS 'A breathtaking addition to the canon of addiction literature' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED REVIEW)

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities
Author: Chen Chen
Publsiher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
Total Pages: 104
Release: 2017-04-17
ISBN 10: 1942683340
ISBN 13: 9781942683346
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities Book Review:

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY WINNER OF THE A. POULIN, JR. POETRY PRIZE A LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF 2017 SELECTION: POETRY & LITERATURE ON NPR BOOKS'S LIST OF "POETRY TO PAY ATTENTION TO: 2017'S BEST VERSE" A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 2017 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE SELECTION In this ferocious and tender debut, Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family—the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes—all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one's own path in identity, life, and love.

The Dream of a Common Language Poems 1974 1977

The Dream of a Common Language  Poems 1974 1977
Author: Adrienne Rich
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2013-04-01
ISBN 10: 0393348075
ISBN 13: 9780393348071
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dream of a Common Language Poems 1974 1977 Book Review:

“Certain lines had become like incantations to me, words I’d chanted to myself through sorrow and confusion” —Cheryl Strayed, Wild “The Dream of a Common Language explores the contours of a woman’s heart and mind in language for everybody—language whose plainness, laughter, questions and nobility everyone can respond to. . . . No one is writing better or more needed verse than this.”—Boston Evening Globe

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce
Author: Morgan Parker
Publsiher: Tin House Books
Total Pages: 80
Release: 2017-02-14
ISBN 10: 1941040543
ISBN 13: 9781941040546
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce Book Review:

A TIME Magazine Best Paperback of 2017 A Publishers Weekly Best Poetry Collection of Spring A Paris Review Staff Pick A Most Anticipated Book of 2017 at NPR.org, BuzzFeed, VICE, NYLON, and more "This is a marvelous book. See for yourself. Morgan Parker is a fearlessly forward and forward-thinking literary star." —Terrance Hayes The only thing more beautiful than Beyoncé is God, and God is a black woman sipping rosé and drawing a lavender bath, texting her mom, belly-laughing in the therapist’s office, feeling unloved, being on display, daring to survive. Morgan Parker stands at the intersections of vulnerability and performance, of desire and disgust, of tragedy and excellence. Unrelentingly feminist, tender, ruthless, and sequined, these poems are an altar to the complexities of black American womanhood in an age of non-indictments and deja vu, and a time of wars over bodies and power. These poems celebrate and mourn. They are a chorus chanting: You’re gonna give us the love we need.

Bodega

Bodega
Author: Su Hwang
Publsiher: Milkweed Editions
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2019-10-08
ISBN 10: 1571319980
ISBN 13: 9781571319982
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bodega Book Review:

Against the backdrop of the war on drugs and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, a Korean girl comes of age in her parents’ bodega in the Queensbridge projects, offering a singular perspective on our nation of immigrants and the tensions pulsing in the margins where they live and work. In Su Hwang’s rich lyrical and narrative poetics, the bodega and its surrounding neighborhoods are cast not as mere setting, but as an ecosystem of human interactions where a dollar passed from one stranger to another is an act of peaceful revolution, and desperate acts of violence are “the price / of doing business in the projects where we / were trapped inside human cages—binding us / in a strange circus where atoms of haves / and have-nots always forcefully collide.” These poems also reveal stark contrasts in the domestic lives of immigrants, as the speaker’s own family must navigate the many personal, cultural, and generational chasms that arise from having to assume a hyphenated identity––lending a voice to the traumatic toll invisibility, assimilation, and sacrifice take on so many pursuing the American Dream. “We each suffer alone in / tandem,” Hwang declares, but in Bodega, she has written an antidote to this solitary hurt—an incisive poetic debut that acknowledges and gives shape to anguish as much as it cherishes human life, suggesting frameworks for how we might collectively move forward with awareness and compassion.

How to Wash a Heart

How to Wash a Heart
Author: Bhanu Kapil
Publsiher: Anonim
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2020-03-26
ISBN 10: 9781789621686
ISBN 13: 1789621682
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to Wash a Heart Book Review:

Bhanu Kapil's extraordinary and original work been published in the U.S. over the last two decades to create what she calls in Ban en Banlieue (2015) a 'Literature that is not made from literature.' During that time Kapil has established herself as one of our most important and ethical writers, whose books often defy categorisation, as she fearlessly engages with colonialism and its ongoing and devastating aftermath. Always at the centre of her books and performances are the experiences of the body, and, whether she is exploring racism, violence, the experiences of diaspora communities in India, England or America, what emerges is a heart-stopping, life-affirming way of telling the near impossible-to-be-told. How To Wash A Heart, Kapil's first full-length collection published in the U.K., depicts the complex relations that emerge between an immigrant guest and a citizen host. Drawn from a first performance at the ICA in London in 2019, and using poetry as a mode of interrogation that is both rigorous, compassionate, surreal, comic, painful and tender, by turn, Kapil begins to ask difficult and urgent questions about the limits of inclusion, hospitality and care.

Infinite Possibilities 10th Anniversary

Infinite Possibilities  10th Anniversary
Author: Mike Dooley
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2009-09-08
ISBN 10: 1439121478
ISBN 13: 9781439121474
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Infinite Possibilities 10th Anniversary Book Review:

Infinite Possibilities is the masterwork from teacher, author, and featured speaker Mike Dooley. As the next step beyond his immensely popular Notes from the Universe trilogy, and his follow up, Choose them Wisely, this book contains even more enriching wisdom for living an abundant, joyous life. Mike Dooley knows that we create our own reality, our own fate, and our own luck. We’re beings filled with infinite possibility—just ready to explore how powerful we truly are. Manifesting the magnificence of our dreams isn’t about hard work, but rather about belief and expectation. These principles transcend belief, realizing the truth about our human nature. Your dreams are not accidental, nor inconsequential. And if someone were tell the truth about life, reality, and the powers we all possessed, would it be recognized? Our lives are full of adventures—and not exactly the sky-diving, mountain-climbing variety—but something better. Readers will laugh, applaud, and be inspired by Mike Dooley’s wit and wisdom.

Don t Call Us Dead

Don t Call Us Dead
Author: Danez Smith
Publsiher: Graywolf Press
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2017-09-05
ISBN 10: 1555979777
ISBN 13: 9781555979775
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Don t Call Us Dead Book Review:

The highly anticipated second collection by Danez Smith—“Hallelujah is an understatement” (Patricia Smith) Award-winning poet Danez Smith is a groundbreaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects, and performative power. Don’t Call Us Dead opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place where suspicion, violence, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, love, and longevity they deserved here on earth. Smith turns then to desire, mortality—the dangers experienced in skin and body and blood—and a diagnosis of HIV positive. “Some of us are killed / in pieces,” Smith writes, “some of us all at once.” Don’t Call Us Dead is an astonishing and ambitious collection, one that confronts, praises, and rebukes America—“Dear White America”—where every day is too often a funeral and not often enough a miracle.

You Can t Kill Me Twice

You Can t Kill Me Twice
Author: Charlyne Yi
Publsiher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2019-11-19
ISBN 10: 1524858552
ISBN 13: 9781524858551
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

You Can t Kill Me Twice Book Review:

A deeply personal collection of poetry and art by the award-winning actor, comedian, and composer, Charlyne Yi. With a poetic voice that is by turns lyrical and plainspoken, Charlyne Yi writes about the uncertainty of relationships, the absurdity of societal expectations, family trauma, and identity. Deeply personal, these poems and accompanying line illustrations are playful and profound, sometimes darkly funny, and often acutely moving.

Sorry for Your Troubles

Sorry for Your Troubles
Author: Pádraig Ó Tuama
Publsiher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd
Total Pages: 94
Release: 2013-07-26
ISBN 10: 1848254628
ISBN 13: 9781848254626
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sorry for Your Troubles Book Review:

One of the most engaging voices contemporary spirituality in is that of the Irish poet, Pádraig O'Tuama. This second poetry collection arises out of a decade of his hearing stories of people who have lived through personal and political conflict in Northern Ireland, the Middle East and other places of conflict. These poems tell stories of individuals who have lived through conflict: their loves and losses, their hope and generosity. One poem, 'Shaking hands' was written when Pádraig witnessed the historic handshake between Queen Elizabeth II and Martin McGuinness, who has since used the poem publicly. The phrase 'Sorry for your troubles' is used all over Ireland. It comes directly from an Irish phrase, yet Irish has no word for 'bereavement' - the word used is 'troiblóid'. So the phrase would be better translated 'Sorry for your bereavements'. With this in mind, this new book speaks evocatively about a time when thousands of people lost their lives and many thousands more lived through the searing pain of grief.

If They Come for Us

If They Come for Us
Author: Fatimah Asghar
Publsiher: One World
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2018-08-07
ISBN 10: 0525509798
ISBN 13: 9780525509790
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

If They Come for Us Book Review:

Poet and co-creator of the Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls captures her experience as a Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America, while exploring identity, violence, and healing. “A debut poetry collection showcasing both a fierce and tender new voice.”—Booklist an aunt teaches me how to tell an edible flower from a poisonous one. just in case, I hear her say, just in case. Orphaned as a child, Fatimah Asghar grapples with coming of age and navigating questions of sexuality and race without the guidance of a mother or father. These poems at once bear anguish, joy, vulnerability, and compassion, while also exploring the many facets of violence: how it persists within us, how it is inherited across generations, and how it manifests itself in our relationships. In experimental forms and language both lyrical and raw, Asghar seamlessly braids together marginalized people’s histories with her own understanding of identity, place, and belonging. Advance praise for If They Come for Us “Every age has its poets who spring-load every line with the personal and political so that you know what it was to be fully alive in that time and place—or torn from it. [Fatimah] Asghar provides this anguished specificity in her debut poetry collection, a meditation on identity, dislocation, and loss. . . . Her story sweeps wide, becoming the history of India, Partition, genocidal hatred, and timeless misogyny. In the telling, she moves freely in form. . . .Taut lines, vivid language, and searing images range cover to cover. . . . Inventive, sad, gripping, and beautiful.”—Library Journal (starred review) “In this awe-inspiring debut, Asghar, writer of the Emmy-nominated web series ‘Brown Girls,’ explores the painful, sometimes psychologically debilitating journey of establishing her identity as a queer brown woman within the confines of white America. . . . Honest, personal, and intimate without being insular or myopic, Asghar’s collection reveals a sense of strength and hope found in identity and cultural history: ‘our names this country’s wood/ for the fire my people my people/ the long years we’ve survived the long/ years yet to come.’”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Losing Teeth

Losing Teeth
Author: Sophia DuRose
Publsiher: Anonim
Total Pages: 104
Release: 2019-04-17
ISBN 10: 9781093628579
ISBN 13: 109362857X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Losing Teeth Book Review:

As this first collection of Sophia DuRose's poetry is published, she is but twenty years old. At seventeen, she was the youngest poet to appear in Revelry, the journal of the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Association, and one of the youngest to appear in several other fine journals and anthologies of which the active reader of poetry might be aware. So we'll put aside the factor of age for a moment. After all, Thomas Chatterton's five years of maturity ended at seventeen in a Holborn garret, and the great John Keats, dead at twenty-five, had only five years to do his work, but what a five years it was! Sophia, we hope, is just getting started.As with many poets, they begin writing from the inside out. Sophia's work up to this time has centered on her family. As with most of us, poet and layman alike, the closet is filled with dark curios, ones we often don't acknowledge, but that may influence us our whole lives. Now a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Sophia has entered a new phase of experience, instruction, reference, travel, and the greater universe opens for her beyond the affairs of family she knows and loves so well. With the fearlessness she shows in the poems enclosed, one can only marvel at what those eyes will soon see, that mind figure out, that heart yet expose.Yes, these are tough, deep poems, amazing for one so young, but don't worry about her. She is not Plath, she is not Sexton. Genuine, outgoing, courageous and stable of purpose as daughter, sister, friend, and poet, the world is hers. In this book, and those of her future, she becomes ours.

WHEREAS

WHEREAS
Author: Layli Long Soldier
Publsiher: Graywolf Press
Total Pages: 114
Release: 2017-03-07
ISBN 10: 1555979610
ISBN 13: 9781555979614
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

WHEREAS Book Review:

The astonishing, powerful debut by the winner of a 2016 Whiting Writers' Award WHEREAS her birth signaled the responsibility as mother to teach what it is to be Lakota therein the question: What did I know about being Lakota? Signaled panic, blood rush my embarrassment. What did I know of our language but pieces? Would I teach her to be pieces? Until a friend comforted, Don’t worry, you and your daughter will learn together. Today she stood sunlight on her shoulders lean and straight to share a song in Diné, her father’s language. To sing she motions simultaneously with her hands; I watch her be in multiple musics. —from “WHEREAS Statements” WHEREAS confronts the coercive language of the United States government in its responses, treaties, and apologies to Native American peoples and tribes, and reflects that language in its officiousness and duplicity back on its perpetrators. Through a virtuosic array of short lyrics, prose poems, longer narrative sequences, resolutions, and disclaimers, Layli Long Soldier has created a brilliantly innovative text to examine histories, landscapes, her own writing, and her predicament inside national affiliations. “I am,” she writes, “a citizen of the United States and an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, meaning I am a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation—and in this dual citizenship I must work, I must eat, I must art, I must mother, I must friend, I must listen, I must observe, constantly I must live.” This strident, plaintive book introduces a major new voice in contemporary literature.

States of Injury

States of Injury
Author: Wendy Brown
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2020-05-26
ISBN 10: 0691201390
ISBN 13: 9780691201399
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

States of Injury Book Review:

Whether in characterizing Catharine MacKinnon's theory of gender as itself pornographic or in identifying liberalism as unable to make good on its promises, Wendy Brown pursues a central question: how does a sense of woundedness become the basis for a sense of identity? Brown argues that efforts to outlaw hate speech and pornography powerfully legitimize the state: such apparently well-intentioned attempts harm victims further by portraying them as so helpless as to be in continuing need of governmental protection. "Whether one is dealing with the state, the Mafia, parents, pimps, police, or husbands," writes Brown, "the heavy price of institutionalized protection is always a measure of dependence and agreement to abide by the protector's rules." True democracy, she insists, requires sharing power, not regulation by it; freedom, not protection. Refusing any facile identification with one political position or another, Brown applies her argument to a panoply of topics, from the basis of litigiousness in political life to the appearance on the academic Left of themes of revenge and a thwarted will to power. These and other provocations in contemporary political thought and political life provide an occasion for rethinking the value of several of the last two centuries' most compelling theoretical critiques of modern political life, including the positions of Nietzsche, Marx, Weber, and Foucault.