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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.

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

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From the master storyteller of His Dark Materials trilogy, comes a collection of essays and lectures on the art and power of storytelling. Pullman shares personal theories, curiosities and passions on themes ranging from the practice of writing to the connections between science and stories. I found the “topic finder” at the beginning of the book to be extremely helpful. Read freely. The more exploratory you are, the more you tend to gain from Pullman’s wisdom, as he aptly says by borrowing from Muhammad Ali’s famous quote, “read like a butterfly, write like a bee.” Start fluttering about!

 

Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525521174
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Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018

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This is the kind of book I want to read and write: a meditation on poetics of person, ancestry and place; Hayes opens the world of Etheridge Knight, a "black poet, ex con, conman, teacher, junkie, son” who influenced and was influenced by Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez, Robert Bly, Claudia Rankine, and Terrance Hayes, among others. This is a book where if you did not know who Etheridge Knight was, you want to read him. And if you did, you want to re-read him, and those who are his contemporaries. Hayes gifts us a homage and a master class on poetry of the soul and the flesh; a collection of essays as “motley, adrift” as a poet's life can be. 

To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight (Bagley Wright Lecture) Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781940696614
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Published: Wave Books - September 4th, 2018

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