Into the Dark & Emptying Field

Mckibbens offers a monument of understanding for even the bleakest pieces of our human conundrum. Into the dark & emptying field is an interrogation of loneliness and its many masks. Poetry. The book explores innocence as the price of knowledge in a host of voices that share an emotional truth.


She lives in Rochester, New York. Stunning, unflinching, fearless. Booklist starred review"Chicana poet, activist, and witchy folk hero of the disenfranchised. Throughout blud, mckibbens breathes brilliant life into language, forging lush, rhythmic poems that are both fiercely urgent and tightly controlled, dark and flickering with fairy-tale-like magic.

. Mckibbens creates these spaces of witness with her feral and boundary-pushing poems that speak unflinchingly of topics often swept under the rug: rape, domestic violence, mental illness, body shaming, prejudice. Ploughshares"mckibbens, a pioneer in the art of performance poetry, presents her audience with selfless honesty.

The rumpus"Rachel McKibbens. Rachel mckibbens is a poet, activist, essayist, playwright, and two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow. She is the author of four books and founder of The Pink Door, an annual writing retreat open exclusively to women of color.

Pink Elephant

With every new scene, either palpable or surreal, the eyes don't dare turn away; instead they are transfixed, sometimes on the multi–faced monster, other times on the heroine: Survival. The poems in pink elephant present an opening where the door didn't quite latch shut, a personal view of childhood confined in a room with violence and trauma.

. Rachel mckibbens's debut collection of poems is offered again in this new second edition, where an interview with the author flips the light switch on and informs our understanding of this unflinchingly bold young life story. Poetry.

Rainlily: a collection of poetry

It is finding strength in the storm to keep blooming- and find the sun. Content warning: poems in this book contain references to sexual assault, depression, abuse, and suicide. Wanda deglane's debut poetry collection, Rainlily, follows a journey from pain and hopelessness to eventual healing and truth. It is a road to self-love and dizzying, beautiful joy.


Not Here

Not here is a flight plan for escape and a map for navigating home; a queer Vietnamese American body in confrontation with whiteness, family, trauma, and nostalgia; and a big beating heart of a book. Nguyen’s poems ache with loneliness and desire and the giddy terrors of allowing yourself to hope for love, and revel in moments of connection achieved.


Don't Call Us Dead: Poems

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, often, but they pay out, in sudden joy. The new yorker award-winning poet Danez Smith is a groundbreaking force, urgent subjects, celebrated for deft lyrics, and performative power.

Smith turns then to desire, mortality―the dangers experienced in skin and body and blood―and a diagnosis of HIV positive. 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.

Don’t call us dead opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, violence, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, love, a place where suspicion, and longevity they deserved here on earth.

Calling a Wolf a Wolf

Poems confront craving, the constant battle of alcoholism and sobriety, control, 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.

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. His poems appear recently or soon in the new Yorker, APR, Ploughshares,  PBS NewsHour, Tin House, Poetry, and elsewhere.

. 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, Akbar was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida. The struggle from late youth on, with and without God, agony, narcotics and love is a torment rarely recorded with such sustained eloquence and passion as you will find in this collection.

Fanny howethis highly-anticipated debut boldly confronts addiction and courses the strenuous path of recovery, beginning in the wilds of the mind.

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin Penguin Poets

Inventive, hilarious, compassionate, melancholy, 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. Finalist for the 2018 national book award in poetry one of the new york times critics' top Books of 2018A powerful, Terrance Hayes, dazzling collection of sonnets from one of America's most acclaimed poets, timely, 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.

Night Sky with Exit Wounds

Winner of the 2017 T. From the outside, Vuong has fashioned a poetry of inclusion. The new yorker"a masterpiece that captures, with elegance, the raw sorrows and joys of human existence. Buzzfeed books"An important new voice in American poetry. Beloit poetry journal"What a treasure Ocean Vuong is to us. At once vulnerable and redemptive, dreamlike and visceral, compassionate and unforgiving, these poems seek a myriad existence without forgetting the prerequisite of self-preservation in a world bent on extinguishing its othered voices.

Vuong's poems show, and unrepentant enthrallment, cadence, through breath, that a gentle palm on a chest can calm the most necessary of hungers. Praise for ocean vuong:"reading Vuong is like watching a fish move: he manages the varied currents of English with muscled intuition. His lines are both long and short, his pose narrative and lyric, his diction formal and insouciant.

What a perfume he's crushed and rendered of his heart and soul. Vuong's sincerity and candor, and from his ability to capture specific moments in time with both photographic clarity and a sense of the evanescence of all earthly things. Michiko kakutani, 2016 whiting awardwinner, ocean vuong walks a tightrope of historic and personal violences,  the new york timeslibrary journal 2016 best Books of the Year WINNER, 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery AwardFINALIST, 2017 Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn AwardFINALIST, 2017 Lambda Literary Award In his haunting and fearless debut, creating an interrogation of the American body as a borderless space of both failure and triumph.

Forgive Me My Salt

Widely known for her performance poetry, which has been viewed over 3 million times on YouTube, author Brenna Twohy's debut collection reads like a letter to all that haunts her-- letting them know that despite her wounds, she's still alive. Night sky with Exit Wounds.

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude Pitt Poetry Series

That is, sorrow, with patience, this is a book that studies the wisdom of the garden and orchard, loss—is converted into what might, those places where all—death, nourish us. Night sky with Exit Wounds. Winner, 2015 national book award, 2016 kingsley tufts poetry prizefinalist, the seasons, 2015 naacp image awards, 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, poetry category Winner, poetry category Finalist, poetry categoryCatalog of Unabashed Gratitude is a sustained meditation on that which goes away—loved ones, the earth as we know it—that tries to find solace in the processes of the garden and the orchard.