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The Gilded Auction Block: Poems Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780374162252
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 12th, 2019

I could say this book is beautiful, and it is. I could say it’s moving, masterful, powerful - and it is. But what I have to say is that if you live in America you can’t afford not to read this book.

-- Lauren


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The Unstill Ones: Poems Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780691176833
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Published: Princeton University Press - October 10th, 2017

Miller Oberman is changing the landscape of contemporary poetry. This collection is unlike any book I've ever read. A hybrid of original poems and Old English translations, The Unstill Ones is a magnificent rumination on everything from Medieval motherhood to the trans identity.

-- Lauren


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Garments Against Women Cover Image
$19.80
ISBN: 9781934103593
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Published: Ahsahta Press - March 15th, 2015

When I think of prose poetry, I think of Anne Boyer. In Garments Against Women, her writing melds the two genres perfectly in a manner so seemingly effortless that it could only be the result of extremely intricate work. There are so many lines in here that I wish I could just tear off the page and take with my everywhere.

-- Lauren


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The Seven Good Years: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399576003
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 7th, 2016

I didn't know what to expect when one of my favorite fiction writers published a memoir, but I found myself enjoying this book even more than Keret's fantastic short stories. He deals with becoming a father, losing a father, life as a writer/self-described "ambi-Israel" Israeli, as well as a very big lizard. Through all this, Keret never loses his sense of humor & wonderment.

-- Lauren


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The Mobius Strip Club of Grief Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941040850
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Published: Tin House Books - February 27th, 2018

To read Bianca Stone's poetry is to enter the most bizarre and profound imagination. MSCOG takes you to the edge of extreme discomfort (see, "Making Applesauce With My Dead Grandmother, p. 35), to grief to catharsis. Stone's words on Emily Dickinson's poems are true of her own as well; they are "grenades that fit in the hand/ and we here bask in the debris."

-- Lauren


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Ordinary Beast: Poems Cover Image
$9.98
ISBN: 9780062688804
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Published: Ecco - September 12th, 2017

ordinary beast, the first full-length collection from poet nicole sealey, is a masterpiece. Her poetry, her way of telling, her distinct way of seeing and distilling are a pure and enormous gift to readers. I love this book.

-- Lauren