The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Date Read: January 17, 2019
Synopsis: The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one. Continue reading “Book Review: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace”
No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay
Dates Read: January 3-5, 2019
Synopsis: A collection of heartfelt — at times striking — poems highlighting family, love, loss, history, and more. Continue reading “Book Review: No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay”
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Dates Read: June 20-27, 2018
Synopsis: A young Vietnamese girl and her family escape their war-torn country and leave for Alabama in the U.S., discovering a whole new life and the strength they must find within themselves.
Soooo I’ve been slacking on the blogging front. But whatever, it’s fine, right? Anyway, I’m going to be catching up with posts rounding up my unwritten reviews since the end of April in genre-specific posts. Here’s the first!
Author: Analicia Sotelo
Date Read: April 11, 2018
Synopsis: Selected by Ross Gay as winner of the inaugural Jake Adam York Prize, Analicia Sotelo’s debut collection of poems is a vivid portrait of the artist as a young woman.
In Virgin, Sotelo walks the line between autobiography and myth-making, offering up identities like dishes at a feast. These poems devour and complicate tropes of femininity–of naiveté, of careless abandon–before sharply exploring the intelligence and fortitude of women, how “far & wide, / how dark & deep / this frigid female mind can go.” At every step, Sotelo’s poems seduce with history, folklore, and sensory detail–grilled meat, golden habaneros, and burnt sugar–before delivering clear-eyed and eviscerating insights into power, deceit, relationships, and ourselves.
Blistering and gorgeous, Virgin is an audacious act of imaginative self-mythology from one of our most promising young poets.
Title: The Undressing
Author: Li-Young Lee
Date Read: March 25, 2018
Synopsis: The Undressing is a tonic for spiritual anemia; it attempts to uncover things hidden since the dawn of the world. Short of achieving that end, these mysterious, unassuming poems investigate the human violence and dispossession increasingly prevalent around the world, as well as the horrors the poet grew up with as a child of refugees. Lee draws from disparate sources, including the Old Testament, the Dao De Jing, and the music of the Wu Tang Clan. While the ostensive subjects of these layered, impassioned poems are wide-ranging, their driving engine is a burning need to understand our collective human mission.
Here are all the books I completed from January to February 2018. Continue reading “January-February Wrap Up”