Murillo tells on one page of tragedy spanning continents and eras, and on the next plumbs the depths of personal loss, locking it all inextricably together in the 12-canto "Flowers for Etheridge," an ode to his poetic ur-father whose chant he carries on: "We free singers be." Murillo is a man who's been saved by poetry, and this is his book of rescue.
"Up jumps the boogie. That's almost all one needs to say. Murillo is headbreakingly brilliant. I didn't have a favorite poet for this year: Now I do. But with this kind of verve and intelligence and ferocity Murillo just might be a favorite for many years to come."
Tony award‐winning poet, Suheir Hammad departs from her previous books with a bold and explosive style to do what the best poets have always done: create a new language. Using “break” as a trigger for every poem, Hammad deconstructs, constructs, and reconstructs the English language for us to hear the sound of a breath, a womanʹs body, a land, a culture, falling apart, broken, and put back together again.
ʺIncantatory and powerful, Suheir Hammadʹs voice compels you in these new
poems to enact a beautiful revolution, a retrieval from the very heart of loss.
Everything falls on the off beat, wa love, wa body, wa life, wa freedom.ʺ
ZaatarDiva is poetry about love, politics and art, all coming out of Hammad’s bag of zaatar. The poems in this collection are at once seductive and dangerous; they are possessed by a singular lyricism and awareness.
“For the elegantly beautiful Suheir Hammad, a Palestinian from Brooklyn with formidable lyrical gifts and a distaste for always being seen as ‘the exotic,’ lovemaking is continually disrupted by flashing thoughts of the traumatic events and brutality unfolding around the globe.”
—Chicago Sun Times
Roger Bonair-Agard's new book, Gully, journeys from the subverted sport of English gentlemen to the place where a black man might be swallowed up in the throat of trouble. These poems show us Gully's trickster position, the source of song, the lurking place on the pitch that requires quick hands. Gully is metaphor for the subject position of these first-person lyrics filed with a street's athlete's dynamism and energy. Gully is the site of risk and swagger that swings from cricket bats to the diamond crusted smile of Lil' Wayne.