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Cape Verdean Blues (Pitt Poetry Series) by Shauna Barbosa - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780822965213
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - March 12th, 2018

Fascinating and complex in its language and tone, this collection speaks to Barbosa’s relationship woes, her identity as a black woman, and her Cape Verdean roots. A Bennington College graduate, Barbosa peppers her debut with odes to jazz, island life, and references to the traditional Cape Verdean song "Sodade." Check out her series of "Strology" poems for a sample. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


The Mobius Strip Club of Grief by Bianca Stone - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781941040850
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Published: Tin House Books - February 27th, 2018

Stone imagines her grief as a purgatory of sorts, set in a metaphysical strip club. The title references the poem "The Möbius Strip of Grief," written by her grandmother, the notorious Ruth Stone, and its imagery is heavily referenced. Stone also invokes her mother in avian metaphors throughout. Haunting, strange, and oddly compelling. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Evolution by Eileen Myles - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780802128508
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Published: Grove Press - September 11th, 2018

Dripping with sex, longing, and loneliness, Myles opens herself up to her readers with frank verses and a hurricane of an opener about the death of her mother—which hit me pretty hard by the end. Art is life, as they say, but as Myles illustrate: most of it isn't beautiful, except perhaps, on the page. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


New American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781943735105
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Published: Button Poetry - March 28th, 2017

Authentic, graphic descriptions of female adolescence. Gatwood's rich evocations of trips, trysts, and traps reveal uncertainty and bewilderment shading into purpose and clarity, the poems themselves becoming odes. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


All We Know of Pleasure: Poetic Erotica by Women by Enid Shomer - Book Review

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By Enid Shomer (Editor), Elizabeth Alexander (Contribution by), Dorianne Laux (Contribution by)
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ISBN: 9780932112972
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Published: Carolina Wren Press - November 27th, 2018

Finally, a book for Valentine's AND Galentine's. I've read some of these aloud on a date, and they set the mood *quite* nicely. A tantalizing read to be savored at leisure. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


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