Peter P. Staff Picks
In God's first draft of existence, Mira is a fish until she goes inside a leaf and reaches the cosmic beyond. If you get the vibe then you get the vibe.
A 150-page, single-paragraph monologue delivered by a disenfranchised grouch struggling with an intense case of writer's block and an extreme hatred for not only his sister, but pretty much all of Austria. Bernhard's a genius.
In this epic tome, Reines (my favorite soothsayer), contemplates with luminous, soul-bearing urgency, the desertification of our planet, our consciousness, and our accepted realities. If you're questioning where contemporary poetry's divinity went, the answer's right here; she has it.
Han Kang meets Ottessa Moshfegh. Are you the voyeur or the viewed?
Journeying between NYC and Taiwan, this work of autofiction—quietly hilarious and poignantly mundane—documents four years in the life of a writer as he grapples with his relationship to his art, his family, his health, and, ultimately, the society unraveling before him.
A powerful commingling of memoir, criticism, and philosophy that confronts late stage capitalism's encroachment on the role of identity, art, and the artist. What does the future hold for us and "what good can art really do?" Low asks.
These essays, adapted from a series of the poet's lectures, contain some of the most inventive, imaginative, and magical thinking about poetry you may ever encounter.
Transcendent; more than a book—a living, breathing art object; an unfathomable achievement of language and self-expression.
Imagine the novel as quasi-Twitter (or maybe Tumblr?) feed and said feed is run by an oracle--both from the near future but also somehow possessing ancient origins. With an inventive form and glimmering prose, Lockwood has gifted the future with an artifact from the brink of technologically-mandated selfhood we're now fast approaching.
O'Hara/New York School/MoMA/Fire Island/gossip enthusiasts rejoice!
The latest collection from this revered occult poet, these unapologetically queer and radically defiant poems were generated, in part, through the poet's engagement with field recordings of extinct animal species. There's also a chilling sequence of poems chronicling the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a great companion for these end times, but also an action plan.
"'It's me, Giovanni. Shut up.'"
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Sex, drugs, and Sylvia Plath.
What if you snuck onto your botfriend's phone in the middle of the night to discover he was secretly running a conspiracy theory Instagram account? Disturbingly funny and sharp, the riotously entertaining voice of this debut novel's narrator will propel you through an unpredictable, yet nearly perfect portrait of the internet age.
A poet's beautifully intimate reflections on the poetry that shaped her and her relationship to the art form.
Written during his time at Columbia University (1929-1930), this is one of the legendary poet's seminal collections. With a keenly observational eye and his quintessential emotional resonance, Lorca captures the rapidly shifting culture(s) of New York and the U.S. as the Roaring Twenties waned and a pivotal financial crisis struck.