I'm ready to call it. Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen is the best poetry book of 2018. [Kenny]
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I want the entire world to be novels and poetry and protest songs. I will read anything by Kazuo Ishiguro, Haruki Murakami, Louise Glück, Flannery O’Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Claudia Rankine, Hilton Als, Wendell Berry, Jack Gilbert, and Anne Carson.
Tracy K. Smith taught me how to love poetry. Wade in the Water is her first new book of poems since Life on Mars won a Pulitzer Prize. Buy these poems. Make a home for them. Love them. [Kenny]
A once-in-a-lifetime kind of book. Frank & full of love & forceful & free. Over & over this book made me stop in my tracks—completely stunned by its beauty. [Kenny]
I had chills the entire time I read this beautiful, beautiful book (Ramírez's art is stunning). I was caught up following La Música and the little boy the music loved. The book is inspired by Pixar's Coco, but the book completely stands out on its own. [Kenny]
One of my favorite writers writes her first dystopian work. I understand why it's compared to The Handmaid's Tale (for addressing reproductive rights) but it is its own thing. It's so good: so brutal, so honest, so honoring of women and indigenous people, so real. [Kenny]
Giving someone Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is like giving someone an entire cooking school education. More than delicious recipes, this book teaches principles about food, cooking, and flavors (I particularly love the World of Flavor wheel). Master her principles and you will be able to cook delicious food of any kind, with or without recipes. [Kenny]
I love work that defies category, both in form and concept. This is Afrofuturist and extremely contemporary. This is poetry and essay and fiction. This is a good reason to get up in the morning in these hard times. This is. [Kenny]
This book taught me how to touch absence, to feel in a very real way every pain we inflict on each other, to dance with ambivalence, to wonder (ponder) and to wonder (awe). Recommended for fans of Elena Ferrante, especially. - Kenny!
If you call a book a feminist dystopia I will basically always read it. This one, though, is next level. Electric, compelling, rich, nasty, deep, everything. It could have gone on for a million more pages. I wish it had. [Kenny]
I spend a lot of time looking for poetry that does something to me like what this book did to me: punched holes in my heart, stunned me with its beauty, pushed me closer to knowing what we've thought over for too long. It handles deftly race and identity, what it is to be human, and even the complexity of texting in these modern days. [Kenny]