A collection of 150 poems for warming hearts and thawing souls.
When I was young poetry comprised a large percentage of my reading and it still does.
When I read poetry I like to look at poetic partnerships such as content, form and structural patterns. But I also appreciate idiosyncrasies, lyrics that stumble, and words that pop out at me. Continue reading
In which a boy watches the girl he adores becoming less bright.
She is as bright as a
scorching star at night.
Her eyes hold galaxies
of stars inside of them. Continue reading
Helium is the debut poetry collection by internet phenom Rudy Francisco, whose work has defined poetry for a generation of new readers.
Rudy’s poems and quotes have been viewed and shared millions of times as he has traveled the country and the world performing for sell-out crowds.
Helium is filled with work that is simultaneously personal and political, blending love poems, self-reflection, and biting cultural critique on class, race and gender into an unforgettable whole. Continue reading
The debut collection by the Poet Laureate of the United States
* Winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize *
You are pure appetite. I am pure
Appetite. You are a phantom
In that far-off city where daylight
Climbs cathedral walls, stone by stolen stone.
–from “Self-Portrait as the Letter Y”
The Body’s Question by Tracy K. Smith received the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African-American poet, selected by Kevin Young. Continue reading
F. D. Soul’s first collection of poetry and prose.
Written for those who have ever wondered what a heart looks like outside of the human body.
This book is a breath. It’s that plunge into fear as your heart stops as if perhaps it won’t remember how to catch the next beat (but always does). And it’s wincing. Biting the pillow. Laughing even though you can hear your ribs cracking. This book is walking through a Weeping Willow with your fingers outstretched. Continue reading