Poetry Picks

By Malvern Books

By Malvern Books

Bestiary: Poems

Donika Kelly

$16.00 $14.72

Recommended by Schandra.

Careen

Grace Shuyi Liew

$15.00

Claire says, "[Careen] captures the strangeness of our times, and the particular strangeness of being an Asian woman living in America. These poems are fierce. They are naked and unadorned, completely without fear even as they enter into the most unstable spaces of the mind, the body and the spirit. This book is a necessary handbook for all of us who are navigating the treacherous sociopolitical climate. It shows us how to remain human, even as we feel more and more alien in our own minds."

Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color

$16.95 $15.59

Recommended by Schandra.

Here: Poems for the Planet

$18.00 $16.56

Recommended by Schandra.

King Me

Roger Reeves

$15.00 $13.80

Recommended by Schandra.

Magical Negro

Morgan Parker

$15.95 $14.67

Recommended by Schandra.

The Iraqi Nights

Dunya Mikhail

$15.95

Schandra says, "It’s kind of like if Scheherazade and Ishtar started a workshop to write poems about the War in Iraq, among other things, and used Dunya Mikhail as their mortal mouthpiece. These poems, tablets, dreams are easy on the eyes but oh so hard on the guts."

Say Something Back & Time Lived, Without Its Flow

Denise Riley

$16.00 $14.72

Recommended by Schandra.

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra: Selected Poems and Translations

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

$18.00 $16.56

Recommended by Schandra.

Telescope: Selected Poems

Michael Heller

$18.00 $16.56

Recommended by Schandra.

Vasko Popa

Vasko Popa

$16.00 $14.72

Recommended by Schandra.

Inri

Raul Zurita

$16.00

Recommended by Schandra, Tracey, and Claire. Claire says, "Elegy for the disappeared, poetry of resistance—yet this book is so overcome with love, every imaginable horror is transformed into images of the sublime: ocean, wildflowers, volcano, pink snow."

Hoodwitch

Faylita Hicks

$16.00 $14.72

Recommended by Schandra.

In Her Feminine Sign

Dunya Mikhail

$14.95 $13.75

Recommended by Claire.

With Deer =: Hos Radjur

Aase Berg

$14.95

Recommended by Claire.

Time

Etel Adnan

$15.95 $14.67

Recommended by Claire. And Stephanie says, of Etel Adnan, "her work showed up in my life one morning a couple of years ago and I’ve been a superfan ever since. In her work and life Adnan inhabits so many spaces, none of which belong to her and all of which are home, that there truly is an Artist Adnan for everyone: the poet, the painter, the novelist, the philosopher, the essayist, the bookmaker, the journalist."

DMZ Colony

Don Mee Choi

$20.00 $18.00

Recommended by Claire.

Sleeping with the Dictionary, Volume 4

Harryette Mullen

$23.95

Recommended by Claire.

A Fortune for Your Disaster

Hanif Abdurraqib

$15.95 $14.67

Recommended by Kelsey and Stephanie.

Barbie Chang

Victoria Chang

$16.00 $14.72

Recommended by Kelsey.

Autobiography of Death

Kim Hyesoon

$16.95 $15.59

Recommended by Kelsey.

Andean Nuclear Spring

Agustin Guambo

$10.00

Recommended by Stephanie.

Be with

Forrest Gander

$16.95 $15.59

Recommended by Stephanie.

A Musical Hell

Alejandra Pizarnik

$11.95 $10.99

Recommended by Stephanie.

Before Lyricism

Eleni Vakalo

$18.00

Recommended by Stephanie.

For an Ineffable Metrics of the Desert

Mostafa Nissabouri

$12.95

Recommended by Stephanie.

Words Apart and Others

Jonas Mekas

$17.00

Recommended by Stephanie.

Baghdad, Adieu: Selected Poems of Memory and Exile

Salah Al Hamdani

$24.50

Stephanie says, "35 years of poems from an Iraqi poet who began life as a child laborer, later became a political prisoner under Saddam Hussein, and now lives in exile in France."

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce

Morgan Parker

$14.95 $13.75

Recommended by Stephanie.

Our Andromeda

Brenda Shaughnessy

$16.00 $14.72

Tracey says, "The Andromeda of the title is an imagined world, a place where we get to do things over. Shaughnessy oscillates between this imagined world and reality, between acceptance and regret, and she is never afraid to confront the torment of the 'what-ifs.' The two sections of the book work beautifully together, with the first part's Plath-like chilly brilliance—all language play and internal rhyme—balancing the latter section's more impassioned tone."

Nox

Anne Carson

$47.00 $42.30

Tracey says, "A 'book-in-a-box,' 'Nox' is also a stunning and unwieldy physical object, a finger in the eye to the readers of e-readers. It exists as one long sheet, a concertinaed facsimile of Carson’s handmade book, which includes poem fragments as well as a collection of collages, family photos, and old letters. A frank and generous eulogy, 'Nox' is a work that feels somehow hauntingly archaic and yet entirely new. It is a deeply affecting meditation on grief, and on our paradoxical desire to both seek out and turn away from the forsaken."

Lost Wax

Jonathan Stalling

$20.00

Schandra says, "Each pair of pages contains an original poem written in English by the author, followed by a Chinese translation followed by another English translation performed by a workshop of eight translators. The result is one great love poem to translation through a cross-section of the act. Deliberately ekphrastic, the subject matter (visual art) illustrates the ways in which translated poetry behaves like lithography or sculpture casting, whose nature is not to create exact copies but to play a telephone game of mutation in which beauty comes from surprise."

100 Chinese Silences

Timothy Yu

$17.00

Stephanie says, "Yu uses poems by Collins, Oliver, Pound and more to skewer the original texts (and their creators) for their racist representations. 'Often I run out of ideas / for poems,' Yu writes in a riff on a Dan Gerber poem, 'but then I remember I am an American / and so can end my poem with something Chinese / and call it original, like that / ancient American railroad / built miraculously by silent hands, / helping me drive my golden spike home.'"

Transformantions of Mr. Hadliz

First Last and Ladislav Novak

$13.50

Stephanie says, "Prague-based Twisted Spoon Press focuses on contemporary writing from central and eastern Europe. 'The Transformations of Mr. Hadlíz' (2002) is a combination of poetry, prose, and visual art, featuring twelve images created by froissage, a method author and artist Ladislav Novák invented to interpret crumpled paper."

Joy of Missing Out

Ana Bozicevic

$18.00

Julie says, "Božičević uses humor as a way to shake off despair the way a wet dog does lake water. It’s both a distancing device and a means for getting closer. As a poet, she’s perhaps painfully aware of the almighty 'reader,' the person who could easily stop reading, shut the book, and exit the poem forever. She embraces this prospect, teases it a little, and even dares the addressee to bounce."

A Certain Plume

Henri Michaux

$16.00 $14.72

Recommended by Tracey.

Night

Etel Adnan

$12.95 $11.91

Recommended by Tracey.

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Fourth Edition

Gloria Anzaldua

$31.14

Recommended by Tracey.

Giving Godhead

Dylan Krieger

$18.00

“Seamlessly mixing the religious with the obscene, determined to create a new form of the grotesque that marries autobiography to personal & national trauma, Krieger’s book is easily among the most inventive & successfully performative works to appear in living memory.” —Thomas Simmons for the New York Times

Essential Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

$9.99

Schandra says, "No quarantine is complete without the queen of sequestration. Ride her dashes across these waves of grief and aloneness. 'I hide myself within my flower, / That fading from your Vase, / You, unsuspecting, feel for me— / Almost a loneliness.'"

Nightmare Running on a Meadow of Absolute Light: Two Poems

Maria Baranda

$18.00

Stephanie says, "Reread that title. Go ahead, say it aloud to yourself. That title is the best recommendation I can give for this book; it operates the way the book does. If the title affected your breathing when you said it aloud, you need this beautiful book."

Relocations: Three Contemporary Russian Women Poets

Anna Glazova, Polina Barskova, et al.

$18.00 $16.56

Schandra says, "Barskova, Glazova, and Stepanova are changing the landscape of contemporary Slavic poetry and 'relocating' post-Soviet Russia to a realm where strong feminist voice cannot be ignored. Available for the first time in this beautifully printed, masterfully translated bilingual Russian to English collection."

Cunt Norton

Dodie Bellamy

$15.00

"'Cunt Norton' isn’t exactly porn, unfortunately, but it’s a step in the right direction." —Hyperallergic

Silk Poems

Jen Bervin

$15.95 $14.67

"'Silk Poems' by Jen Bervin takes silk as subject and form, exploring its cultural, scientific, and linguistic complexities. Bervin’s composition corresponds to the DNA structure of silk, modeled on the way a silkworm applies filament to its cocoon." —Publishers Weekly

Bastards of the Reagan Era

Reginald Dwayne Betts

$15.95 $14.67

"Fierce, lyrical and unsparing, the poems in 'Bastards of the Reagan Era' bear witness to the author’s difficult journey from prison to law school and the experiences of the men he got to know in prison. It is a haunting and harrowing book.” —The New York Times

Tres

Roberto Bolaño

$24.95

Stephanie says, "The 'Prose from Autumn in Gerona' series is required reading for sentence-lovers. Gorgeous, magical required reading."

Garments Against Women

Anne Boyer

$18.00

Stephanie says, "A stunning, critical tour de force I wanted to devour but couldn’t because I had to keep putting it down each time it astounded me. I read the first piece, 'The Animal Model of Inescapable Shock,' over & over & over again before I could bring myself to leave it for the next, which is testament to the power of Boyer’s language to enact its own trauma. She hurts me so good. So, so good."

Black Girl Magic: A Poem

Mahogany L. Browne and Jess X Snow

$16.98 $15.62

Julie says, "A poem so forceful it can be shouted into a bedazzled megaphone, so lyrical it can be sung, so vital it can be uttered like a bedtime prayer."

Vision of the Children of Evil

Miguel Angel Bustos

$19.95

Stephanie says, "One of my favorites published in 2018. 'Lord, lord, who will bark in my hand without life or death.'"

This Blue Novel

Valerie Mejer Caso

$16.00

"Mejer Caso demonstrates an extraordinary ability to balance obfuscation and clarity to render a mesmerizing, dynamic, layered collection that is both vertiginous and knowable." —Publishers Weekly

Hardly War

Don Mee Choi

$18.00 $16.56

“Choi’s use of hybrid forms—poetry, memoir, opera libretto, images and artifacts from her father’s career as a photojournalist in the Korean and Vietnam Wars—lets her explore themes of injustice and empire, history and identity, sifting through the detritus of family, translation, propaganda and dislocation." —Kathleen Rooney, for The New York Times

Alphabet

Inger Christensen

$13.95 $12.83

Claire says, "Its inventive structure is based on Fibonacci’s number sequence, so that each section’s lines are the sum of the previous two. But within this formal constraint, these poems rupture with song—they multiply and expand, taking poetic inventory of the world, its magic, its horror, the unknown future hovering throughout like an ominous smog."

Heliopause

Heather Christle

$15.95

"With her first book, Heather Christle established herself as one of our most exciting new poets. With 'Heliopause,' her astonishing fourth collection, it's clear she's one of our most essential. Smart, grave, tender, and fiercely alive, these poems vibrate with the hushed power of just-before-the-storm: magnetic, charged, eerily clear." —Lisa Olstein, author of "Little Stranger"

Soy Realidad

Tomaz Salamun

$14.95 $13.75

Claire says, "These poems are mirrors, and in them we catch glimpses of the Divine—theophany in sleeping snails, cabbage heads, boats with white sails. We also catch sight of the sheer absurdity of our own reflection, in moods shifting from the comic to the grotesque."

Build Yourself a Boat

Camonghne Felix

$16.00 $14.72

Recommended by Claire.

Sense Violence

Helena Boberg

$16.00

"Boberg writes a rare blend of beauty and anger and vulnerability and irony that makes me repeatedly pick up the book and read the poems again." —Naima Chahboun, Expressen

Community Garden for Lonely Girls

Christine Shan Shan Hou

$16.00

"This book is a brilliant realization and an epic breakthrough of terms when it comes to living life on planet Earth at this fraught moment in time—how to reckon the historical past and shattering futurity with a flexed lyric of major portent." —Brenda Iijima

I Am a Season That Does Not Exist in the World

Kyung Ju Kim

$14.95

"In his English-language debut, Korean poet and performance artist Kim calmly renders a world in which inert objects assume human traits, while humans themselves become mere traces. . . . Several long poems weave through time and conflate temporal points, lending the collection a feeling of grander scale. Kim leaves his readers with a sense that there are bigger, more permanent things than people." —Publishers Weekly

Empathy

Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge

$16.95 $15.59

Julie says, "She is an artist of the poetic line—this books will make you breathe differently."

The Trilogy

Bruno K. Oijer

$20.00

"When we close Öijer’s 'The Trilogy,' there’s a chance we will have an answer to one of our ever-lingering questions, but even if we don’t, we will have experienced something strange, unsettling, and utterly unique. Öijer is nothing short of brilliant. Prepare to be entranced." —Esteban Rodríguez

Pierrot's Fingernails

Kit Schluter

$17.00 $15.64

"'Pierrot's Fingernails' takes us to areas of the imagination where thinking about language marries whimsey. Here 'a chimp is given the right of way in figurative traffic,' 'the fruits of one bear the other's seed,' and 'life must be watched closely, as Queen Anne's lace picked apart and flicked to the wind.' Don't miss the ride." —Rosmarie Waldrop

Birds

William Benton

$13.95 $12.83

Recommended by Tracey. "Witty, wry, and above all pictures you could hang on a wall, you’ll find here not only snapshots of city pigeons and a portrait of Flaubert’s parrot, but the lovebirds which are at once quintessential Benton and everybody’s Valentine." —Ronald Johnson

Orphic Songs, Volume 9

Dino Campana

$14.95 $13.75