• My Baby First Birthday

    My Baby First Birthday

    Zhang, Jenny

    "Radiant and tender, My Baby First Birthday is a collection that examines innocence, asking us who gets to be loved like a baby and who has to deplete themselves just to survive. My Baby First Birthday is about existence and non-existence. It's about being born-without consent. Jenny Zhang writes about accepting pain, about the way we fetishize womanhood and motherhood, and reduce women to their violations, traumas, and body parts. She questions the way we feminize and racialize nurturing, and live in service of other people's dreams. How we idealize birth and being baby, how it's only in our mothers' wombs that we're still considered innocent, blameless, and undamaged, because it's only then that we don't have to earn love. Her poems explore the obscenity of patriarchy, whiteness, and capitalism, the violence of rescue and heroism. The magic trick in this book is that despite all these themes, the book never feels like some jeremiad. Zhang uses friendship as a lyric. She seeks tenderness, radiant beauty, and having love for your mistakes. Through all this, she writes about being alone-really alone, like why-was-I-ever-born alone-and trying, despite everything, to reach out and touch something-skin to skin, animal to animal"--

    Format: Book - 2020

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  • Dispatch: Poems

    Dispatch: Poems

    Awkward-Rich, Cameron

    "Set against a media environment that saturates even our most intimate spaces, these poems grapple with news of violence in the United States today and in the past--in particular, violence inflicted on people of color and on transgendered people. ...A poignant example of poetry's possibilities for transformation, solidarity, and renewal"--

    Format: Book - 2019

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  • Good Bones

    Good Bones

    Smith, Maggie

    "Poems written out of the experience of motherhood, inspired by the poet watching her own children trying to read the world like a book they've just opened, knowing nothing of the characters or plot"--

    Format: Book - 2017

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  • Inward

    Inward

    Yung Pueblo

    "From poet, meditator, and speaker Yung Pueblo, comes a collection of poetry and prose that explores the movement from self-love to unconditional love, the power of letting go, and the wisdom that comes when we truly try to know ourselves. It serves as a reminder to the reader that healing, transformation, and freedom are possible."--Publisher's description.

    Format: Book - 2018

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  • Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest

    Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest

    Guterson, David

    Most outdoor enthusiasts understand the phrase "turn around time" as that point in an adventure when you must cease heading out in order to have enough time to safely return to camp or home--regardless of whether you have reached your destination. For award-winning novelist David Guterson, it is also a metaphor for where we find ourselves in the middle of our lives, and his new narrative poem explores this idea through a lyrical journey along a trail, much like those in Washington's mountain ranges he hiked while growing up. Even outdoor-lovers who are not normally readers of poetry will relate to the physicality of hiking represented here, from endless trail switchbacks to foot and ankle pains. There is a fast-moving, propulsive quality to David's writing, with lush language, vivid imagery, and pacing that resonates as a journey on foot. His words are brought further to life by the delicate yet mythical illustrations by award-winning artist Justin Gibbens. (syndetics)

    Format: Book - 2019

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  • Love Poems: (for Married People)

    Love Poems: (for Married People)

    Kenney, John

    "Based on his wildly popular New Yorker piece, Thurber Prize-winner John Kenney presents a hilarious collection of love poems for, well, married people."--

    Format: Book - 2018

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  • Dunce

    Dunce

    Ruefle, Mary

    "A new collection of poems by Mary Ruefle, the author of My Private Property, Trances of the Blast, Madness, Rack, and Honey, Selected Poems, The Most of It, and A Little White Shadow"--

    Format: Book - 2019

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  • Specimen Days: & Collect

    Specimen Days: & Collect

    Whitman, Walt

    Published in 1882, Whitman's uniquely revealing impressions of the people, places, and events of his time, principally the Civil War era and its aftermath, offer a rare excursion into the mind and heart of one of America's greatest poets. His intimate observations and reflections have profoundly deepened understanding of 19th-century American life. (syndetics)

    Format: Book - 1995

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  • Bringing the Shovel Down

    Bringing the Shovel Down

    Gay, Ross

    Bringing the Shovel Down is a re-imagination of the violent mythologies of state and power. (syndetics)

    Format: Book - 2011

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  • Bluets

    Bluets

    Nelson, Maggie

    Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color . . . A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue. With Bluets , Maggie Nelson has entered the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists. Maggie Nelson is the author of numerous books of poetry and nonfiction, including Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007) and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007). She lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts. (syndetics)

    Format: Book - 2009

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