American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin -- Terrance Hayes

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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.

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ISBN: 9780143133186
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Published: Penguin Books - June 19th, 2018

Oculus -- Sally Wen Mao

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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.

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ISBN: 9781555978259
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 15th, 2019

The Flame by Leonard Cohen

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For anyone and everyone who has ever found solace in the deep melodies of Leonard Cohen’s songs or in the poetry of his words, The Flame (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28) is a must-read. This posthumously published collection includes poetry, notebook entries, lyrics, drawings, and other peeks into a truly legendary mind. In classic Cohen fashion, his work delves into the topics of love, death and aging, cultural unraveling, and religion, with a rhythm and quick-wittedness which mirror his greatest songs. This collection is not only a testament to Cohen’s remarkable writing talent, but also a reminder of his ability to capture many of the most elusive parts of human experience—love, longing, death—in concise lines which are often as strangely balanced as life is: where humor, fear, regret, beauty, and devastation can coexist and move amongst each other comfortably and all at once.

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ISBN: 9780374156060
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 2nd, 2018