The New Poetry Review: An American Sunrise

NATALIE PATTERSON An American Sunrise Joy Harjo 2019 Joy Harjo’s latest full-length poetry collection begins with a prologue and a map. “On May 28, 1830, President Andrew Jackson unlawfully signed the Indian Removal Act to force move southeastern peoples from our homelands to the West. We were rounded up with what we could carry.” The […]

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Center for Women Writers Hosts Embodiment Panel

NATALIE PATTERSON On Friday, Oct. 18, Metta-Sáma and the Center for Women Writers welcomed poets Cameron Awkward-Rich, Rosebud Ben-Oni and Brenda Iijima, as well as self-identified diarist and anti-poet Kenyatta JP García, to each present a talk on the topic of embodiment.  In her introduction of the writers, Metta-Sáma explained that the Embodiment Panel was […]

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The New Poetry Review: Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky

NATALIE PATTERSON Deaf Republic Ilya Kaminsky 2019 Ilya Kaminsky’s much-anticipated second collection is an intricately crafted narrative that orbits the question of silence—silence in a time of unrest, political upheaval, and state violence. Winner of a Whiting Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Kaminsky was born in the former Soviet Union and […]

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The New Poetry Review: The Best American Poetry 2019

NATALIE PATTERSON The Best American Poetry 2019 Major Jackson, Guest Editor David Lehman, Series Editor Though the question, “What is the best poetry in America?” is virtually impossible to answer, the Best American Poetry series seeks nonetheless to compile some of the finest American poems in one volume each year, edited by a different renowned […]

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What’s New Book Review

SAM SHAW The Night Tiger By Yangsze Choo pp. 384 Flatiron Books Published Feb 12, 2019 “The Night Tiger” by Yangsze Choo is a highly acclaimed fantasy novel that National Geographic so aptly called “A lushly detailed novel imbued with folklore, mystery, and romance.” It was dubbed one of the Best Books of the Year […]

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The New Poetry Review: Oculus by Sally Wen Mao

NATALIE PATTERSON Oculus Sally Wen Mao 2019 Sally Wen Mao’s second poetry collection, Oculus, is a meeting of past, present, and future, at once a work of historical imagination and speculation for the digital age. Mao, born in Wuhan, China and raised in northern California, crafts an immense undertaking with Oculus, weaving together contemplations of […]

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Reflections on “Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson and Me”

DENAE RABINETTE “Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson and Me” Directed by Dan Reed Released Jan. 25, 2019 Now streaming on HBONow “Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson and Me,” the documentary detailing two particular cases in Michael Jackson’s alleged dark history of sexual abuse on children was released this January at the Sundance Film Festival, and later aired […]

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