Moderated by Alexandra Teague with Kristen Millares Young, Brooke Matson, Laura Read, and Sonora Jha
New poems that showcase high-art and popular culture, vamps and giant artichoke statues, and Freudian Disney dolls in a poignant exploration of cultural and personal legacies.
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Winner of the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry.Drawing on sources as varied as ESL classroom discussions, a colonial travelogue, and the Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook, Alexandra Teague explores how language alternately empowers and fails us in this smart, searching, and accessible debut.
Echoing Swamplandial and Tell the Waves I'm Home, a perfect debut for anyone who's navigated the seas of adolescence and lived to tell the tale.
A.Z. McKinney is on the shores of greatness.
*Finalist for two International Latino Book Awards**Selected as a Staff Pick by The Paris Review* *Shortlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award* *Finalist for the Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award (Multicultural)*
Finalist for the 2021 Housatonic Book Award in Poetry
In Laura Read's second poetry collection, the former poet laureate of Spokane, WA, weaves past and present together to create a portrait of a life in progress.
This collection is divided into three sections. The first opens with the speaker’s reflections on her childhood loss of her father and subsequent move to a new house and a new life, a life in which she is always alert to the absences and danger but also a life in which she begins to see language as a kind of salvation.
"This book is a true love letter, not only to Jha's own son but also to all of our sons and to the parents--especially mothers--who raise them.”
—Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race and Mediocre