Staff Pick

Who knew the beech was such a complex and controversial tree!  This book is an homage to the beech tree - to its spirit, its root system, its meaning for poets, for photographer Denny Moers and mostly for poet C.D. Wright.  Published after the death of C.D. Wright, it is a beautiful object to hold in your hands and its looseness of form - poetry crossed with field notes anecdotes and annotations  - makes it something to browse or to ponder or to lose yourself inside. As Ben Lerner says in the introduction, "It is both C.D.'s book and a loving tribute to her. To her strength and receptivity.”

Casting Deep Shade: An Amble Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781556595486
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Copper Canyon Press - February 12th, 2019

Staff Pick

Terrance Hayes is showing us how to live and love in the age of Trump, and beyond. Written during the first two hundred days of 45’s presidency, these seventy sonnets of the same title give heart, humor, gut, rage and meditation to what many of us may be feeling; they deal with the shadows of America's history with racism with meteoric metaphor: “I make you gym & crow here. As the crow/You undergo a beautiful catharsis trapped one night/in the shadows of the gym.” (#11) Hayes has re-woken the sonnet so we can dance with it.

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143133186
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - June 19th, 2018

Staff Pick

Although all the poems in Oculus are beautiful and evocative, some of the most moving of these poems (and my personal favorites) feature the imagined narratives of famous Asian-American women. Sally Wen Mao takes advantage of poetry’s ability to suspend disbelief to create a wonderful series of poems that transcends time and space. For instance, she places Ana May Wong--the first Chinese-American female movie star--on the set of Breakfast at Tiffany’s or conversing with Bruce Lee, creating innovative poetry and exacting racial injustices by lending Wong a voice.

Oculus: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978259
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Graywolf Press - January 15th, 2019

Pages