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"Incantatory and powerful, Suheir Hammad's voice compels you in these new poems
to enact a beautiful revolution, a retrieval from the very heart of loss. Everything
falls on the off beat, wa love, wa body, wa life, wa freedom."
Chris Abani, author of GraceLand and Song for Night.
breaking poems has been selected as a winner of the 30th annual Before Columbus Foundation/AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS for 2009
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Pink Elephant is the white elephant in the room blushing into visibility, and Rachel McKibbens is a poet of unparalleled, unflinching honesty. With the tenacity of a survivor's 'love-sharp teeth,' McKibbens confronts the trauma of girlhood/ womanhood 'the malicious thunder of it' and gives the 'inaudible song of happiness' a palpable, perceptible shape. This book is startling testimony and it will bruise the touch of all those who dare to turn its relentless pages.
ZaatarDiva summons through moments of lyrical insight and urbane wit,
again and again, and before we know what has happened, we are hooked. Here's a poetry
that urges a wholeness - a crossing of borders - as the personal is woven into the
public, whereby a 'prodigal daughter' possesses her own knowing voice. Each poem
in ZaatarDiva is heart-driven by the urgent, raw orality of need. And, there is
a glistening barb in each turn of phrase - a lure of quicksilver accuracy."
Tarnish and Masquerade
"These sunwashed revelations -- this lilting, uproarious, precise gospel -- brings
so much to the table that the reader is nearly overwhelmed. Roger Bonair-Agard is
his own revolution, a deft purveyor of unflinching politics, stark sensuality and
the relentless drum of the island home that beckons from every page. There is simply
no resisting these stanzas, absolutely no way to turn away from what they will do