National Poetry Month 2020

By White Whale Bookstore

By White Whale Bookstore

The Depression

Jon Pack and Mathias Svalina

$15.95 $14.67

4/29, recommended by Kelly Lorraine Andrews: A book of poems by Mathias Svalina and photographs by Jon Pack, "The Depression" is a wild ride inside Svalina's imagination while Pack's photographs ground you back to reality. The poems manage to be both surreal and totally relatable, which is on brand for Svalina. In one, a killer kills all of the speaker's family and friends and then moves on to the speaker's favorite actor, then a band he used to like. The poem ends "I was stunned. I was appalled. Then a pop-up ad covered the screen. I clicked the red X to close the ad."

Space Struck

Paige Lewis

$15.95 $14.67

4/28, recommended by Shannon Sankey

A Brief History of Fruit: Poems

Kimberly Quiogue Andrews

$15.95

4/28, recommended by Shannon Sankey

Ugly Music

Diannely Antigua

$18.00

4/28, recommended by Shannon Sankey

I Can't Talk about the Trees Without the Blood

Tiana Clark

$17.00 $15.64

4/28, recommended by Shannon Sankey

The Black Bear Inside Me

Robin Becker

$17.00 $15.64

4/28, recommended by Shannon Sankey

Beast Meridian

Vanessa Angelica Villarreal

$15.00

4/28, recommended by Shannon Sankey

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities

Chen Chen

$16.00 $14.72

4/28, recommended by Shannon Sankey

Immigrant Model

Mihaela Moscaliuc

$17.00 $15.64

4/28, recommended by Shannon Sankey

Hard Damage

Aria Aber

$17.95 $16.51

4/28, recommended by Shannon Sankey

Am-phib-ian

Jessica Lanay

$20.00

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If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho

Sappho

$18.00 $16.56

4/27, chosen by Jessica Lanay: Carson’s lyric translation of Sappho’s fragments reminds me that poetry, even when atomized (by fire for instance), can still affect slivers of emotional and psychological intention. Through careful attention to Sappho’s scriptual DNA, I realize that those writerly ticks create a gravity in poems that communicate something when complete and torn apart.

Helium

Rudy Francisco

$16.00 $14.72

4/24, chosen by Cameron Barnett: This book is a one stop shop for anyone looking for a balance between poems that don’t take themselves too seriously, and seriously quality poetry. Francisco’s work is personal, confessional, and intimate. He endears the reader through his well-honed self-deprecating humor, as well as heavy hitting issues, such as in the poem “Complainers.” A real must-have book.

Instructions for Temporary Survival

Monica Prince

$19.95

4/24, chosen by Cameron Barnett: This book is a bold and vivacious collection. It never hesitates. It never waivers. Prince’s poems move with the precision of performance and hit with the weight of personal narrative. “Inheritance” is a bombshell poem that will have you holding your breath as you go back to re-read it again and again. Definitely pick up this collection! --- And order her choreopoem from [PANK] here: https://pankmagazine.com/shop/how-to-exterminate-the-black-woman/

The Drowning Boy's Guide to Water

Cameron Barnett

$17.95

4/2, chosen by Monica Prince (and Cameron is the featured poet of 4/24): On love, legacy, and latitude—this collection both scared and buoyed me. I finished it in one sitting, lying next to my beloved, and realized with strong certainty that if poetry like this exists in the world, then love and survival cannot be mutually exclusive.

The Flood

Chiwan Choi

$15.95

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Wednesday Vol. 1 No. 2

Jack Grapes

$10.00 $9.20

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Wednesday Vol. 1 No. 3: The Body and the Blood

$10.00 $9.20

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be/trouble

Bridgette Bianca

$15.95

4/22, chosen by Chiwan Choi

The Malevolent Volume

Justin Phillip Reed

$16.95 $15.59

4/22, chosen by Chiwan Choi

(the Other House)

Rocio Carlos

$15.95

4/22, chosen by Chiwan Choi

Prince and Little Weird Black Boy Gods

Scott Woods

$15.99

4/22, chosen by Chiwan Choi

Indelicacy

Amina Cain

$25.00 $23.00

4/22, chosen by Chiwan Choi

You Who Enter Here

Erika T Wurth

$24.95

4/22, chosen by Chiwan Choi