gratitude and grief, shifting together and (to borrow from Adrienne Rich) breathing in me as angels, not polarities. i think the following poems do this work of mingling the polarities and moving me to a different place.
in addition, here are some *stellar* collections I’ve read over the last few months. they are treats awaiting you!
- Ada Limón, The Carrying (five stars)
- Max Ritvo, The Final Voicemails (a devastating collection I wept my way through, a young poet writing his way through his final days with a terminal illness and looking at death with unflinching, honest eyes)
- Morgan Parker, Magical Negro (with special attention to book II “FIELD NEGRO FIELD NOTES” — I laughed and yelled and threw my book to the ground this was all so good)
- Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (one long sonnet itself! such a feat of writing! deliciously FUBU and intricate and sharp)
bone apple tea!
p.s. a poem of mine is going to be published in my school’s lit journal soon and i can hardly believe it!!! i also wish i could make a trillion revisions now but oh well!!!!
I Could Be a Whale Shark by Aimee Nezhukumatathil