Claudia Rankine$20.00 $18.60
"because white men can't police their imagination black people are dying" Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric is a beautiful lyric poem (written in the second person) that speaks to the microaggressions black people face in everyday living. Whether rich or poor; boy or man; girl or woman; ugly racisms shows its disgusting face. The use of "You" attempts to bring the reader closer to the reality that many of us face.
Rain For Under Watered Roses Like You And I by Tammy “Poe-it” Lopez is about 62 pieces of powerful poetry. The poetry collection is sewed around a conversation with a best friend. This best friend happens to be “You,” who has seen some of the worst stuff life has had to offer “Poe-it” like an alcohol addicted father. I’ve heard Tammy perform her poetry. But would the book deliver the wordplay and emotional depth she shows on stage? Yes!
Safia Elhillo$15.95 $14.83
The January Children by Safia Ehillo is a poetry collection that deals with the author’s woman, Muslim and Sudanese identity. Wait. It’s so much more than that. The title itself opens the reader to Sudanese history and culture. It represents her grandparents’ generation born in Sudan under British occupation, where children were assigned birth years by height and all given the birthday January 1st.Sofia’s poems waver in the power and limits of language. Although the reader doesn’t need to understand Arabic to digest them. She infuses Arabic into her pieces creating an interpretation she operates in – an imperfect translation of Arabic and English. Reading her book brought me to a world I knew little about. How escaping the issues that drove Sudanese people to the United States only gave them a new set of problems from “Islamphobia” to being “too black” and “not black enough.” The collection only scratches the surface of what can come from Safia. Especially when identities of Muslim faith, African descent and womanhood are in constant crisis in the United States.
Vievee Francis$16.95 $15.76
Rashaun J Allen$17.99
Terrance Hayes$18.00 $16.74
Jericho Brown$17.00 $15.81
Reginald Dwayne Betts$26.95 $25.06
Danez Smith$16.00 $14.88
Tyehimba Jess$25.00 $23.25