This 8th and most recent collection by this masterful poet is a collection of skew ekphrastic poems that resurrect the neglected female Bauhaus photographer Lucia Maholy - reasserting her narrative's historical and emotional significance, as well as herself as an artistic and feminist pioneer.
Literally dismantling federal apologia to Native American people’s for historic and on-going abuses, this astonishing debut collection moves between experimentation and the personal lyric in a way that exposes the empty chasms in active language and the expansive refuge of poetry itself.
Armantrout has been writing small, vigilant poems for over three decades. A founding member of the West Coast Language poets, her work distinguishes itself by its resistance to esoteria. While her economical poems depend upon the mechanics of disjunction — silence, enjambment, the white page — they pledge their deepest allegiance to the everyday. “Partly” is a great introduction and/or a compact compendium of her most important work.
A necessary collection for this post-Ferguson moment and henceforth by Rankine, whose work has persistently pursued the fine line between our inner and political lives. This prose-poetic collection deconstructs the very notions its title asserts: the lyric, what it means to be “American” and, most importantly, how we are and are not equal “citizens.”
Tracing instances of the color blue through her life over a period of critical transition, this gorgeous collection not only invents a new form (the prose poem “bluet”) but a way of seeing the otherwise dismissible. A singular book -- and quite different from Nelson’s expansive & important oeuvre of fiction, non-fiction and criticism -- “Bluets” retains its salience as a kind of post-modern epic, as well as a classic love-poem.