I Know Your Kind: Poems National Poetry Series

Milkweed Editions - Selected for the national poetry series by ada Limón,  I Know Your Kind is a haunting, blistering debut collection about the American opioid epidemic and poverty in rural Appalachia. In west virginia, fatal overdoses on opioids have spiked to three times the national average. Underneath and among this multiplicity of voices runs the Appalachian landscape―a location, of stark contrasts: beauty and ruin, like the experience of drug addiction itself, nature and industry, love and despair.

Uncanny, and often surreal, heartbreaking, I Know Your Kind is an unforgettable elegy for the people and places that have been lost to opioids. In these poems, william brewer demonstrates an immersive, devastating empathy for both the lost and the bereaved, the enabled and the enabler, the addict who knocks late at night and the brother who closes the door.


Copper Canyon Press - He earned a ba at uc-berkeley, an mfa at new york university, and is a 2016–2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. This dramatic and hope-filled poetry debut humanizes the highly charged and polarizing rhetoric of border-crossing; assesses borderland politics, race, and immigration on a profoundly personal level; and simultaneously remembers and imagines a birth country that's been left behind.

Through an unflinching gaze, coyotes lead migrants astray, and a combination of Spanish and English, plainspoken diction, Unaccompanied crosses rugged terrain where families are lost and reunited, and "the thin white man let us drink from a hose / while pointing his shotgun. From "let me try again":He knew we weren't Mexican.

He must've remembered his familycoming over the border, sardines, restat least five days, don't trust anyone callingthemselves coyotes, or the bordercoming over them, bring more tortillas, because he drove usto the border and told us next time, Alhambra. He knew we would try again. And again―like everyone does.

Unaccompanied - Javier zamora was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. Every line resonates with a wind that crosses oceans. Jamaal may"zamora's work is real life turned into myth and myth made real life. Glappitnovajavier zamora was nine years old when he traveled unaccompanied 4, 000 miles, across multiple borders, from El Salvador to the United States to be reunited with his parents.

Calling a Wolf a Wolf

Alice James Books - The recipient of a 2016 ruth lilly and dorothy sargent rosenberg fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Iran, Akbar was born in Tehran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida. His poems appear recently or soon in the new Yorker,  PBS NewsHour, Tin House, APR, Poetry, Ploughshares, and elsewhere.

Sometimesyou have to march all the way to Galileeor the literal foot of God himself before you realizeyou've already passed the place whereyou were supposed to die. I can no longer rememberthe being afraid, only that it came to an end. Kaveh akbar is the founding editor of Divedapper. The struggle from late youth on, agony, with and without God, narcotics and love is a torment rarely recorded with such sustained eloquence and passion as you will find in this collection.

Calling a Wolf a Wolf - Fanny howethis highly-anticipated debut boldly confronts addiction and courses the strenuous path of recovery, beginning in the wilds of the mind. Poems confront craving, control, the constant battle of alcoholism and sobriety, and the questioning of the self and its instincts within the context of this never-ending fight.

From "stop me if you've heard this one before":      Sometimes you just have to leavewhatever's real to you, you have to clompthrough fields and kick the caps offall the toadstools.

Starshine & Clay Stahlecker Selections

Four Way Books - Addressing tough circumstances tenderly, what shapes us, this book is about life―what we inherit, what we create, what’s possible. We are making our lives up “here on this bridge / between starshine and clay” Lucille Clifton.

The Carrying: Poems

Milkweed Editions - From national book award and national Book Critics Circle Award finalist Ada Limón comes The Carrying―her most powerful collection yet. Vulnerable, brave poems, acute, tender, these are serious poems, exploring with honesty the ambiguous moment between the rapture of youth and the grace of acceptance.

I’ll take it all. In bright dead things, no, limón showed us a heart “giant with power, it knows, heavy with blood”―“the huge beating genius machine / that thinks, / it’s going to come in first. In her follow-up collection, that heart is on full display―even as The Carrying continues further and deeper into the bloodstream, following the hard-won truth of what it means to live in an imperfect world.

The Carrying: Poems - A nation convulses: “Every song of this country / has an unsung third stanza, something brutal. And still limón shows us, love, as ever, and joy, the persistence of hunger, the dizzying fullness of our too-short lives. A daughter tends to aging parents. Fine then, / i’ll take it, ” she writes. A woman struggles with infertility―“what if, instead of carrying / a child, I am supposed to carry grief?”―and a body seized by pain and vertigo as well as ecstasy.

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin Penguin Poets

Penguin Books - Finalist for the 2018 national book award in poetry one of the new york times critics' top Books of 2018A powerful, Terrance Hayes, timely, dazzling collection of sonnets from one of America's most acclaimed poets, the National Book Award winning author of Lighthead"Sonnets that reckon with Donald Trump's America.

The new york timesin seventy poems bearing the same title, of assassin, Terrance Hayes explores the meanings of American, and of love in the sonnet form. Inventive, hilarious, melancholy, compassionate, and bewildered--the wonders of this new collection are irreducible and stunning. Written during the first two hundred days of the Trump presidency, these poems are haunted by the country's past and future eras and errors, its dreams and nightmares.

Madness National Poetry Series

Penguin Books - Ultimately,  madness attempts to build a queer lineage out of inherited language and cultural artifacts; these poems trouble the static categories of sanity, heterosexuality, masculinity, normality, and health. An “astounding” terrance hayes debut collection of poems – winner of the 2016 National Poetry Series CompetitionIn this ­­­powerful debut collection, addiction,  sam sax explores and explodes the linkages between desire, and the history of mental health.

. These brave, formally dexterous poems examine antiquated diagnoses and procedures from hysteria to lobotomy; offer meditations on risky sex; and take up the poet’s personal and family histories as mental health patients and practitioners. Sax’s innovative collection embodies the strange and disjunctive workings of the mind as it grapples to make sense of the world around it.


Copper Canyon Press - She writes about the natural world and how we live in it, filling each poem, each page with a true sense of wonder. Roxane gay“cultural strands are woven into the DNA of her strange, lush. Aphorisms. From another dimension. The new york times“with unparalleled ease, she’s able to weave each intriguing detail into a nuanced, thought-provoking poem that also reads like a startling modern-day fable.

The poetry foundation“how wonderful to watch a writer who was already among the best young poets get even better!” ―Terrance HayesWith inquisitive flair, Aimee Nezhukumatathil creates a thorough registry of the earth’s wonderful and terrible magic. With an encyclopedic range of subjects and unmatched sincerity, Oceanic speaks to each reader as a cooperative part of the earth, an extraordinary neighborhood to which we all belong.

Oceanic - From “starfish and coffee”:and that’s how you feel after tumblinglike sea stars on the ocean floor over each other. A night where it doesn’t matterwhich are arms or which are legsor what radiates and how―only your centers stuck together. Aimee nezhukumatathil is the author of four collections of poetry.

Poems. In her fourth collection of poetry, she studies forms of love as diverse and abundant as the ocean itself. Nezhukumatathil’s poems contain elegant twists of a very sharp knife.

Good Bones: Poems

Tupelo Press - Featuring "good bones, inspired by watching her own children read the world like a book they've just opened, " which has made a difference to so many people around the globe -- called "Official Poem of 2016" by Public Radio International Maggie Smith writes out of the experience of motherhood, knowing nothing of the characters or plot.

. These poems stare down darkness while cultivating and sustaining possibility and addressing a larger world.

Bright Dead Things: Poems

Milkweed Editions - Building on the legacies of forebears such as frank o’Hara, Sharon Olds, Limón’s work is consistently generous and accessible—though every observed moment feels complexly thought, felt, and Mark Doty, and lived. I am beautiful. Limón has often been a poet who wears her heart on her sleeve, but in these extraordinary poems that heart becomes a “huge beating genius machine” striving to embrace and understand the fullness of the present moment.

Bright dead things examines the chaos that is life, the dangerous thrill of living in a world you know you have to leave one day, and marvelous, and the search to find something that is ultimately “disorderly, and ours. A book of bravado and introspection, this fourth collection considers how we build our identities out of place and human contact—tracing in intimate detail the various ways the speaker’s sense of self both shifts and perseveres as she moves from New York City to rural Kentucky, of 21st century feminist swagger and harrowing terror and loss, loses a dear parent, ages past the capriciousness of youth, and falls in love.

Bright Dead Things: Poems - I am dying, ” the poet writes. Milkweed Editions. I am full of love.

Don't Call Us Dead: Poems

Graywolf Press - Some of us are killed / in pieces, ” Smith writes, “some of us all at once. Don’t call us dead is an astonishing and ambitious collection, praises, one that confronts, and rebukes America―“Dear White America”―where every day is too often a funeral and not often enough a miracle. Milkweed Editions.

Finalist for the national book award for poetrywinner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection“Smith's poems are enriched to the point of volatility, but they pay out, often, in sudden joy. The new yorker award-winning poet Danez Smith is a groundbreaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects, and performative power.

Don't Call Us Dead: Poems - Smith turns then to desire, mortality―the dangers experienced in skin and body and blood―and a diagnosis of HIV positive. Don’t call us dead opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place where suspicion, love, violence, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, and longevity they deserved here on earth.