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I Love Information: Poems

Stringing together random-declarative sentences without periods, some seemingly related and others not, does not make for good poetry. Not recommended.

Winter Stranger: Poems

A remarkable new voice plumbing our grief; highly recommended.

Rose Quartz: Poems

A beautifully rendered sense of someone blown to bits by social and cultural injustices and still in the remaking.

The Hurting Kind

An accomplished volume highly recommended for both neophytes and poetry lovers.

Bluest Nude: Poems

The collection’s organizing principle can feel a bit injudicious at times, with some poems easily bleeding into the next while others feel like slamming into a wall, but the potency of Codjoe’s language and keenness of her thematic renderings never fails to enthrall. Fiercely intelligent and both emotionally and formally rich.

The River You Touch: Making a Life on Moving Water

A lyrical exploration of a beloved place and lifestyle steeped in the natural world, by a writer for whom quality of life supersedes the need for financial security. Will appeal to readers who relish memoirs that skillfully intertwine nature, the American West, and fishing.

Sinkhole: A Legacy of a Suicide

Recommend to readers navigating grief, loss, and the aftermath of suicide.

a Year & other poems

Not as strikingly original in concept and language as feeld, this new collection adheres to a more personal, intimate aesthetic (“Our separate smoke/ caught/ in the same ascent”) that may or may not connect with any given reader. Still, Charles remains a serious experimental poet who has tasked herself with the challenge of creating “a language capable of itself.”

Saga Boy: My Life of Blackness and Becoming

Downing’s elegant, engaging memoir will have particular significance to readers from the Caribbean diaspora, but it will be understood by any reader who has ever had their world suddenly upended and needed to make it whole again.

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