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POETRY

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Authors: Layli Long Soldier, Oglala Lakota

ISBN: 978-1-55597-767-2

PUB Date: 2017. 121 pp.

Reviewer: Ella Nathanael Alkiewicz (Labrador Inuk)

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Lakota Sioux poet and storyteller Layli Long Soldier has earned several prestigious awards for her writing. Her tenacity and fortitude were demonstrated on the page and her formal education reinforced her messages. Throughout Whereas, she artistically places her words with an urgency where the reader may feel moved to read her poems aloud to hear the subtle drumbeat. “But tonight I cannot bring myself to swing a worn hammer at poverty to pound the conditions of that slow frustration.” Long Soldier used her native language, while other times she uses Old English vocabulary. I was intrigued and perplexed by some poems, and for good reason. Some pieces were a reflection of motherhood while other poems taught, as in her poem 38, that tells the story of 38 Dakota Indians were hanged in 1862 by the government. Lakota Sioux stories are valuable and must be told for future generations.

Whereas

Author: Meena Alexander

ISBN: 978-0-8101-3760-8

PUB: 2018. 86 pp.

 

A delicate chronicle that allows the reader to surrender to the beauty of sorrow and memory.

Atmospheric Embroidery

Author: Shayla Lawson

ISBN: 978-0-9899797-8-8

PUB: 2018. 134 pp.

 

A surrealist jaunt through space and time, groundless in form and lyric.

I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean

Editor: Melissa Castillo-Garsow

ISBN: 978-1-55885-842-8

PUB Date: 2018. 415 pp.

 

A well-crafted, rare anthology featuring Afro-Latin@ poets who chronicle diasporic histories and inter-cultural racism, while celebrating their complex cultural identities.

 

MANTECA!

Author: Amy Meng

ISBN: 978-1-55885-842-8

PUB: 2018. 415 pp.

 

A delicate musing that traverses the landscape of relationships.

BRIDLED

Author: Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

ISBN: 978-0-8101-3696-0

PUB: 2018. 39 pp.

 

Each poem carries within it a world that holds the weight of a novel.

Dulce

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