Staff Picks

The Book by Stéphane Mallarmé, translated by Sylvia Gorelick

$15.95 Exact Change

Over the course of Mallarmé’s work and career, he became a prominent figure in the French symbolist movement, and his work influenced creators of diverse mediums. This publication contains the notes and fragments from the last decade of Mallarmé’s life and comprises a painstaking reproduction (including in layout) of his thoughts, considerations, and drafts. This… Read More

Citizen Illegal by José Olivarez

$16 Haymarket Books

José Olivarez’s style in Citizen Illegal is inviting and dynamic, using a variety of poetic forms (stanzas, prose blocks, self-interviews) to convey the experience of a singular speaker coming of age as a first generation Mexican-American. A series of short poems called “Mexican Heaven,” written in the form of jokes, punctuates the book at regular intervals, weaving… Read More

Indecency by Justin Phillip Reed

$16.95 Coffee House Press

Ofttimes, when I open a book of poems, I am asking the poet a simple question: How are you reimagining the human experience? Justin Phillip Reed answers this question. In his debut, Indecency, winner of the 2018 National Book Award, Reed forces us to wrestle with a body provoked, pained, and wandering. He invites us… Read More

Monument: Poems New & Selected by Natasha Trethewey

$26 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Like a seamless tapestry, Natasha Trethewey weaves together joy, provocation, and American history in her newest collection of poems, Monument: Poems New & Selected. Each section propels us forward as it interrogates not only the stories of Black Americans, but the erasure of trauma and family history. Trethewey is masterful. It would not be too… Read More

The Oval Window: A New Annotated Edition by J. H. Prynne

$27 Bloodaxe Books

J. H. Prynne is often pointed to as the British paragon of late Modernist poets. Voluminous in folds as well as in fullness, his body of work was influenced early on by Pound’s Cantos and The Maximus Poems of Olson, expanding to absorb far-left sociopolitical concerns and to engage with the vocabularies of botany, geology, topography, Eastern and… Read More

Refuse by Julian Randall

$17.00 University of Pittsburgh

Julian Randall’s debut, Refuse, illustrates the mind’s ever-so-gnawing struggle with binaries, boundaries, and identity. In these poems, we see bodies split and silenced, warred and hungry. There is never a dull moment, because such is being human, such are these poems. A voice that tackles what it means to move through society as someone who… Read More

Transaction Histories by Donna Stonecipher

$19.95 University of Iowa

Transaction Histories, Donna Stonecipher’s fifth collection, swallows the reader from the start, sending one deep into a 21st-century regency romance whose meticulously crafted prose poems wax melancholic on language, love, and travel. We are welcomed into a room full of keys, signet rings, and specimen boxes by an unpretending sophisticate who then ushers us along… Read More

Cease by Beth Bachmann

$17.00 University of Pittsburgh

This stunning, startling collection is a book of walls and wars. Wars—in the world, in the body—are fought for, are yearned to be outside of, all the while being constrained by walls: the metaphorical ones of relationships and desires, the physical ones as border to each page, the wall-poems standing watch over each section. As… Read More

The Carrying by Ada Limón

$22.00 Milkweed Editions

The stunning follow-up to Bright Dead Things, Ada Limón’s fifth collection, The Carrying, is full of the scenes and stories she’s so apt at telling. Romantic and irreverent, this book is a book of generations—past, present, the potential that is the future. These poems are born of leaves and stardust and invite readers to see the… Read More

I Can’t Talk about the Trees without the Blood by Tiana Clark

$17.00 University of Pittsburgh

Tiana Clark’s debut full-length, I Can’t Talk about the Trees without the Blood, paints a vivid portrait of a woman negotiating the opposing forces (black/white; desire/trauma; past/present) that suffuse her life. Aware of the inextricable linkages between history, sex, violence, language, beauty, music, and race, Clark asks her poems to probe it all, and in her dexterous… Read More