Never before has the self been so celebrated with ties to grief, pleasure, agency, and suffering. Dericotte's collection of poems is vital not only to the literary community, but to me, and for my being in the world.
The narrative arc of these poems immerses the reader in the middle of a rising culture of fear that could exist in the present day. Elegant in its imagination and language, brutal in its truths, it’s both universally relevant and completely singular. This collection is innovative, thoughtful, accessible and beautifully written--everything a reader needs to enter into Kaminsky’s strange allegorical universe.
Hanif Abdurraqib comes to terms with heartbreak and forgiveness in A Fortune for Your Disaster. Interwoven through the collection, How Can Black People Write About Flowers at a Time Like This, encompasses the idea that “disasters of the past bleed relentlessly into the present and thus menace the future.”
Soft Science was one of the few books of 2019 that had me returning to its pages again and again, each time tugged by a different thread. Silent (and silenced) Kyoko of Ex Machina regains a voice. Android as woman as fragment as human as not human enough. For me, it was at once an out-of-body and uncomfortably embodied experience. This collection is rich, multifaceted, and itself as close to a cyborg as any book of poems can get.
Joy Harjo, winner of the Poet Laureate, maps her journey to recover history and identity in this collection of poetry. A descendent of the indigineous Mvskoke tribes, Harjo immerses us into this retelling of the past which is now undoubtedly intertwined with the present.