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Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781632862051
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - March 10th, 2015

If you don't like poetry, this is a good place to start.
If you suddenly realized it's National Poetry Month and/or you haven't read a poem since high school, this is a good place to start.
If you dig Greek mythology, modern adaptations, gender politics, drugs, art, and/or love, this is a good place to start. ~ Reviewed by Katelynn Shimkus


Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

Rankine documents the microagressions that every person of color encounters - from herself and friends all the way up to esteemed athletes Serena Williams and Zinedine Zidane - through a mixture of poetry, photography, and stream-of-consciousness meditation. If you have read Ta-Nehisi Coates's bestseller Between the World and Me, this is your next read. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Our Numbered Days by Neil Hilborn - Book Review

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780989641562
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Published: Button Poetry - April 2015

At first I thought I wasn't enjoying this collection, and then somehow imperceptibly I was suddenly sucked into each new page of words. Hilborn became well-known for his poem "OCD", a love poem about the trajectory of a past relationship and how his disability both elevated and ended it. Not many poets at the time were covering this particular mental disorder, and Hilborn's ingenuity and vulnerability caught a lot of attention and acclaim.
Many of these are slam-poems, and I highly recommend looking up video recordings of his and others' performances. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


The Sea and the Bells by Pablo Neruda - Book Review

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By Pablo Neruda, William O'Daly (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781556591624
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - January 2002

Neruda is most famous for his sexy love poems, but he also wrote about living by the sea, by the one street in Valparaiso where every street animal came to be (and returning later as a successful poet with money), all with the same devotion. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid by Nikki Giovanni - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062562883
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 20th, 2016

Not for nothing is Giovanni considered among the best of modern poets. Her poetry is at once both eloquent and conversational. In this recent collection, she covers the concerns of her late life: chasing down a rare beer to honor the deceased beer-lovers of her family, the election of the Obamas, her parents' separate deaths, and Facebook. "Facebook says I have friends / Friends say strange things / Avoiding my face." ~ from Blues for Roanoke
~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


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