The Crazy Bunch
In his fourth collection, The Crazy Bunch, Perdomo paints a portrait of a group of kids growing up in Harlem. With echoes of Gwendolyn Brooks and Langston Hughes, Perdomo’s The Crazy Bunch is an electrifying cornucopia of vibrant slang and spot-on evocations.
The After Party
Ambitious in scope and intrepid with experimentation, Prikryl’s impressive debut grapples with identities and the ways in which they communicate and commune with one another. It also features a section of forty linked poems that meditate on grief via the environs of Lake Huron.
The title of Yakich’s fifth collection may have been taken from a group of Christian meditations written by St. Ignatius, but that doesn’t mean it’s a pious bore. Quite the opposite, in fact. Yakich brazenly explores every emotional nook and cranny of the self to get to the bottom of the soul.
Sightseer in This Killing City
Blunt and passionate, Gloria’s fourth collection reckons with the violence and malevolence of American life. Filled with as much jazz and soul as piercing, penetrating observations, Sightseer in This Killing City is a necessary peek into the devastating brutality of the present.
When I Walk Through That Door, I Am
Jimmy Santiago Baca
Poet, screenwriter, and one-time-prisoner-turned-activist Jimmy Santiago Baca’s latest is an epic narrative poem about an El Salvadorian mother whose horrifying and traumatic experiences at the Mexican border and with ICE. Sophia’s harrowing story is haunting wake-up call to what’s happening right now.
The Octopus Museum
Shaughnessy’s fifth collection imagines the consequences of humanity’s environmental carelessness, discriminatory practices, and reprehensible politics to imagine a future where cephalopods are our leaders, Earth is in tatters, and the world she’s come to love, the one her children will inherit, is irrevocably broken.
The poems of McFadzean’s second collection feature both the grotesque and the beautiful (literally monsters and art galleries) and scrutinizes the aspects of life that are supposed to enrich us and make us whole—love, art, and power. Lyrical and original, Drolleries establishes McFadzean as a poet of the highest order.
The following poets, of varying ages and points in their careers, each tackle, from an eclectic array of perspectives, the dizzying complexities of being alive today. Whether through surrealist imagery or personal narrative, these collections help us zero on the lives and dreams of richly drawn individuals and communities, so that by experiencing a moment in the heart of one person, one family, or one geography, taken altogether we can create a mosaic that resembles, imperfectly but still vitally, the world around us.
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