36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem by Nam Le

Staff Pick

Nam Le draws on his usual insight and creativity for this book-length poem, in which he uses different forms to create a poetic tapestry that interrogates and illuminates the life of someone in the diaspora and the inherent trauma and violence that come with it. As wide ranging emotionally as it is structurally, the work hits notes of fury, sarcasm--and everything in between as the poet wields language as both a probe and a blunt instrument, eliciting an emotional as well as an intellectual response from the reader.

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By Nam Le
ISBN: 9780593537206
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Published: Knopf - March 5th, 2024

Pilgrim Bell by Kaveh Akbar

Staff Pick

Beautifully at home in language, Akbar communicates a boundless warmth and intimacy through his poetry, even as he faces his pain: dissecting imperialism, racism and Islamophobia, addiction recovery, and the struggle for a path to goodness in the life we’re given. With his spiritual awareness, formal experimentation, and talent for line breaks, Akbar instantly became one of my favorite poets, and I highly recommend reading Pilgrim Bell with his debut novel Martyr! as the poetry and prose illuminate each other in beautiful and surprising ways. 

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ISBN: 9781644450598
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 3rd, 2021

The Iliad by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson

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This is the great epic of soldiers and soldiering--a 3,000-year-old story that could have come from today’s headlines.  Emily Wilson's new translation is as musical and clear as her superb rendering of The Odyssey and is a genuine pleasure to read, bringing to vivid life bravery, loyalty, nobility, love, fear, pettiness, vainglory, folly, shocking violence, and, above all, grief and loss.  That we know Achilles will die and the men, women, and children of Troy will be killed or enslaved in the poem's aftermath makes the struggles of the Greeks and Trojans one of the great examinations of the human condition: a story of real nobility and deep pathos that stays in the head and heart.  In Wilson’s lovely blank verse, it is also, like the original, a tremendous work of art.


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By Homer, Emily Wilson (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781324001805
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 26th, 2023