Here at Bookish, we love to read
and now that it’s spring, we’re filled with glee.
National Poetry Month is finally upon us,
and these 2018 poetry collections are momentous.
So grab your favorite comfortable chair,
and grab one of these books—or even a pair!
National Poetry Month may be the reason,
but poetry, of course, is always in season!
On Shelves Now
Registers of Illuminated Villages by Tarfia Faizullah
The author: Poet Tarfia Faizullah won a Fulbright award to do research in Bangladesh. There, she spoke with women known as the Birangona, who were raped by Pakistani soldiers in the early 1970s.
The collection: This is Faizullah’s second collection, and it touches on themes as disparate as violence and love.
Sneak peek: “100 Bells”
The Undressing by Li-Young Lee
The author: Li-Young Lee is inspired by classical Chinese poetry and lived in Indonesia as a young child before moving to the United States with his parents (who were political exiles from China).
The collection: Searching for a book that mines themes of intimacy with gorgeous language? Look no further.
Sneak peek: “The Undressing”
Coming Later This Year
American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes
The poet: Terrance Hayes is a National Book Award winner and writes prose with a musical quality.
The collection: This book contains 70 poems, each titled “American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin.”
Sneak peek: Read an excerpt here
On shelves: June 19
If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar
The collection: Asghar’s poems tackle what it’s like to be Muslim, Pakistani, orphaned, and female in this day and age.
Sneak peek: “For Peshawar”
On shelves: August 7
The Flame by Leonard Cohen
The poet: Leonard Cohen, who passed away late last year, was an acclaimed songwriter, singer, novelist, and poet.
The collection: The Flame contains Cohen’s last writings before his death, and includes lyrics, poems, and other work.
Sneak peek: Lyrics to “You Want It Darker”
On shelves: October 2