The World Keeps Ending, and The World Goes On by Franny Choi

Staff Pick

Franny Choi's poetry never ceases to amaze me. With her background as a slam poet, these lyrics burst from the page, and she engages with our technological present to a degree that few other poets dare to. I am stricken with both delight and dismay at her subtle and cheeky connections to science fiction literature, and this collection in particular is one that I have been raving about. If you're looking for a place to start with poetry, look no further. If you are already a poetry fan, Choi is one of the best writers out there--musical, imaginative, and elegiac.


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ISBN: 9780063240087
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Published: Ecco - November 1st, 2022

The Odyssey, translated by Emily Wilson

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I’ve read several translations of The Odyssey, and Emily Wilson's is easily the best--clear, plain, readable, both contemporary and true to the original. Rather than imitating Homer's dactylic hexameter, like previous verse translators, she uses blank verse--a far more natural choice for English. The result is a beautiful, musical new telling of the stories of Telemachus finding his way to adulthood; of shrewd, steadfast Penelope, alone and beset by boorish, grasping suitors; and of Odysseus, the world traveler, brilliant soldier, and guileful schemer, who at the end of the day wants nothing more than to go home to his wife.


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By Homer, Emily Wilson (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780393356250
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 6th, 2018

The Kingdom of Surfaces by Sally Wen Mao

Staff Pick

Sally Wen Mao's evocative collection intertwines centuries of Chinese art and craftsmanship with the haunting reality of fetishization and xenophobia faced by Chinese people today. With delicate yet incisive language, Mao fearlessly interrogates the commodification of China and its aesthetics, using objects like silk and porcelain to expose the dual nature of beauty and violence. She unapologetically challenges Western imperialism's historical exploitation, infusing her dreamlike poetry with an undercurrent of righteous indignation. This collection's elegant eloquence veils a smoldering rage.

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ISBN: 9781644452370
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 1st, 2023