9 November Poetry Releases for Your Bookshelf
For the month of November, we wanted to provide our readers with a diverse list of new releases set to come out all month long. Here are a few of my personal favorites that I am looking forward to reading.
Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman, November 5
The Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman is said to be the most comprehensive collection of his work to date, comprised of previously published work and new, unpublished poems. One of the most notarized poets of the 20th-century, Bob Kaufman’s poetry is some of the most sought after.
Heed the Hollow by Malcolm Tariq, November 5
Heed the Hollow is Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner, Malcolm Tariq’s debut collection. Early reviews say that Heed the Hollow explores the intersectionality of black and queer identity from a southern perspective. With ties in the deep south, this daring approach to sexuality is compounded by the ritualistic nature of southern culture, balancing traditional influences of ancestors and the progressive culture of black queer life.
Oblivion Banjo: The Poetry of Charles Wright, November 5
Oblivion Banjo is the latest installment in Wright’s career as a poet. With themes of ambivalence and heritage, “no matter the precise subject of each poem, on display here is a vast and rich interior life, a mind wrestling with the tenuous relationship between the ways we describe the world and its reality.”
In Some Glad Morning, Barbara Crooker’s ninth book of poetry, she explores “joy and despair, faith and doubt, the disconnect between lived experience and the written word,” and the intersectionality of human emotion and nature.
Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, November 12
Arvind Krishna Mehrotra is one of the most celebrated Indian poets. Mehrotra’s collection of poems explores the relationship between the strange and the familiar.
Latter Days of Eve by Beverly Burch, November 19
Burch adds to the story of the biblical Eve, exploring the idea that Eve is actually a prism that has created many reflections (or incarnations) over the years. Latter Days of Eve tells dystopian stories of women around the world, focusing on language as a powerful tool of creation.
Soul Sister Revue, November 19
Soul Sister Revue is the third book in a series of anthologies dedicated to storytelling through the spoken word. This edition showcases both established and emerging poets and their work from the Soul Sister Revue performance shows. Not only do these poets share their masterfully written work, but they also answer a question provided by the editor and writer, Cynthia Manick: “What does soul mean to you?”
Until the Lions by Karthika Naïr, November 12
Until the Lions reimagines the Mahabharata, one of Asia’s classic love epics, from the point of view of several characters all burdened by a war-torn country that focuses both on nation and God. This collection weaves classical elements with modern storytelling, telling tales of the human experience and battles of greed and desire.
You Can’t Kill Me Twice: (So Please Treat Me Right) by Charlyne Yi, November 19
You Can’t Kill Me Twice by award-winning actor and comedian Charlyne Yi is one relationships and life lessons. With a long history in the entertainment industry, Yi finds her voice in prose as by drawing on humor and her unique look at the world.