10 best books like leadbelly (Tyehimba Jess): Citizen: An American Lyric, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, The Tradition, Magical Negro, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Wade in the Water: Poems, Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems, The Lonely Londoners, The Man Who Knew The Way to the Moon, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin
Citizen: An American Lyric
A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric.
Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media....
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé uses political and pop-cultural references as a framework to explore 21st century black American womanhood and its complexities: performance, depression, isolation, exoticism, racism, femininity, and politics. The poems weave between personal...
Jericho Brown’s daring new book The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown’s poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this nation?...
Magical Negro is an archive of Black everydayness, a catalog of contemporary folk heroes, an ethnography of ancestral grief, and an inventory of figureheads, idioms, and customs. These American poems are both elegy and jive, joke and declaration, songs of congregation and self-conception. They...
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
|Author||Samuel Taylor Coleridge|
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (originally "The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere") is the longest major poem by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, written in 1797–98 and published in 1798 in the first edition of Lyrical Ballads. Modern editions use a later revised version printed in 1817 and featuring...
Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize
Finalist for the Forward Prize for Best Collection
The extraordinary new poetry collection by Tracy K. Smith, the Poet Laureate of the United States
Even the men in black armor, the ones
Jangling handcuffs and keys, what elseAre they...
Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems
|Author||Robin Coste Lewis|
A stunning poetry debut: this meditation on the black female figure through time introduces us to a brave and penetrating new voice.
Robin Coste Lewis's electrifying collection is a triptych that begins and ends with lyric poems meditating on the roles that desire and race play in the construction...
From the brilliant, sharp, witty pen of Sam Selvon, his classic award-winning novel of immigrant life in London in the 1950s.
'His Lonely Londoners has acquired a classic status since it appeared in 1956 as the definitive novel about London's West Indians.' — Financial Times
The Man Who Knew The Way to the Moon
The story of John C. Houbolt, an unsung hero of Apollo 11 and the man who showed NASA how to put America on the moon.
Without John C. Houbolt, a junior engineer at NASA, Apollo 11 would never have made it to the moon.
Top NASA engineers on the project, including Werner Von Braun, strongly...
American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin
In seventy poems bearing the same title, Terrance Hayes explores the meanings of American, of assassin, and of love in the sonnet form. Written during the first two hundred days of the Trump presidency, these poems are haunted by the country's past and future eras and errors, its dreams and nightmares....
|Author||Layli Long Soldier|
The astonishing, powerful debut by the winner of a 2016 Whiting Writers' Award
WHEREAS her birth signaled the responsibility as mother to teach what it is to be Lakota therein the question: What did I know about being Lakota? Signaled panic, blood rush my embarrassment. What did I know of our...