Staff Picks: Our Favorite Books of 2019


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I: New and Selected Poems (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822945666
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - March 26th, 2019

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. 

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ISBN: 9781556594861
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 2nd, 2019

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Deaf Republic: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555978310
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019

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.

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ISBN: 9781947793439
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Published: Tin House Books - September 3rd, 2019

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.”

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ISBN: 9781938584992
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Published: Alice James Books - April 2nd, 2019

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.

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ISBN: 9781324003861
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 13th, 2019


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.