poetry

The Case for Choosing Poetry: An Annotation of Iron Goddess of Mercy

Renn did a special review that includes some annotated portions of this book. If you’ve ever wanted to get a glimpse of how we read, or just how other folks digest their literature, check it out!

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Book Review: Tracy K. Smith’s Life on Mars

A collection of poetry as wide-ranging as the cosmos, Life on Mars is a thoughtful exploration of space, death, and the complexities of existence. … The overarching experience of the collection is that of floating through the vacuum of space, contemplating life on Earth while watching the planet turn somewhere high above or far below.

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Book Review: Border Lines: Poems of Migration

A person is a person, no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they come from; if there is one thing these 122 poems have in common, it is that they show us how border lines are no excuse for denying anyone humanity, compassion, and kinship.

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Book Review: Tyree Daye’s Cardinal

What I love best about Cardinal is the nuance and complexity with which it questions Daye’s conflicting desire to both stay in the South and leave, from his complicated relationship to the home that both raised and wishes to kill him to reflections on how being Black in America means being unsafe in America (‘I’ve never been through airport security / without being pulled to the side and searched / to know you can die anywhere / doesn’t feel like flying anywhere’). These remarkably tender verses are filled with love, grief, memory, and musicality: ‘if you see me dancing a two-step / I’m sending a starless code / we’re escaping everywhere.

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