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Small Business Saturday 2017: Jessica Baran's Picks

A Doll for Throwing: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977818
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 15th, 2017

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.

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ISBN: 9781555977672
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 7th, 2017

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.

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ISBN: 9780811226851
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - June 27th, 2017

Partly: New and Selected Poems, 2001-2015 (Wesleyan Poetry) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780819577733
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Published: Wesleyan - October 3rd, 2017

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. 

Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

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.” 

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ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

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.   

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ISBN: 9780918786630
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Published: Lost Roads Publishers - November 1st, 2016