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review 2018-02-17 07:03
Black Girl Magic: BreakBeat Poets Volume #2
The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic - Idrissa Simmonds,Jamila Woods,Mahogany L. Browne,Patricia Smith

First and foremost, many thanks go to Haymarket Books for the review copy.

Overall this is a really solid collection. It's difficult reviewing collections - there will always be some pieces that speak to you more than others. All in all I'd say about a quarter of the poems absolutely blew me away, half were good, and a quarter didn't really resonate with me, which is a pretty good ratio. The thread running through the collection was cohesive, and each section had its own flavor while still playing into the overall theme. This one packs a punch, and I was really glad I was able to read about these women's experiences. Really looking forward to following some of these women and their work as they move forward!

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text 2017-06-07 00:44
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text 2017-04-21 13:33
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review 2017-01-26 16:10
Review: Antidote for Night by Marsha De La O
Antidote for Night (American Poets Continuum Series) - Marsha de la O

I picked up this book due to the Pop Sugar challenge prompt of reading a book from a genre you don't normally read - and for me, that genre is poetry, specifically modern poetry. This is a collection of poems centered on the people and landscapes that make up California. For the most part, I understood the imagery the author tried to create with her words; at times she got much too flowery for my taste, but overall she kept the wording in check. There was one poem that was written in a weird, unrecognizable way that screamed "trying to hard." My favorite poems were "Chinese Lantern", "Sanchez", the first verse of "Northridge Quake", "Anna Mae", and "Crossing Over". "Sanchez" was heartbreaking, but the story unfolded beautifully. I didn't see as much variety in the different aspects of California life; to me, the author just described Southern California over and over again, especially Los Angeles (the grittier, less Hollywood-ish part of LA). Still, I expanded my reading horizons and gave modern poetry a shot.


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review 2017-01-03 07:35
The Everyman Russian Poet Collection
Russian Poets - Peter Washington

I really wish this collection contained more contemporary poets - most of the poetry in this collection is from the 1800s. One thing this collection did do was confirm my love of Anna Akhmatova, as well as Marina Tsvetayeva, and a grudging respect for Alexander Blok. I can pick all three of them out of the thicket every time, as they shine amongst their peers.

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