No One In My Family Celebrates: A Review on Look by Solmaz Sharif

Solmaz Sherif’s debut book, Look (Graywolf Press, 2016), interrogates the power structures of language and war; confronting political and social systems, as well as how these systems are deconstructed and used to demean one’s self-expression, identity, and behavior. Look strips away meaning and redefines military-esque language in order to extend our own ideologies circling the … More No One In My Family Celebrates: A Review on Look by Solmaz Sharif

Falling Through the Silence: A Review on Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

“In the body, where everything has a price,                 I was a beggar. On my knees, I watched, through the keyhole, not                 the man showering, but the rain falling through him: guitar strings snapping                 over his globed shoulders.” – Ocean Vuong, “Threshold”   When thinking about Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon … More Falling Through the Silence: A Review on Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

There is Only Water and Landing: A Review on Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis

“And then one morning we woke up embracing on the bare floor of a large cage. To keep you happy, I decorated the bars. Because you had never been hungry, I knew I could tell you the black side of my family owned slaves.” — Robin Coste Lewis, “Plantation” National Book Award Winner, Robin Coste … More There is Only Water and Landing: A Review on Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis

See How the Body Understands. See it Working: A review on Boy with Thorn by Rickey Laurentiis

He shut the thorn up in his foot, and told his foot / Walk Rickey Laurentiis’, Boy with Thorn, is simply lovely. In this book, winner of 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, Laurentiis addresses the countless brutalization and sexualization accounts in which black, queer bodies endure. In addition, he comments on visual arts in relation to black bodies, … More See How the Body Understands. See it Working: A review on Boy with Thorn by Rickey Laurentiis

Reconstructing Poetry via Hip-Hop: A review on The BreakBeat Poets Anthology

My favorite poetry anthology right now, and probably for the rest of the year is The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop. And let’s be real, it will probably be your favorite too. This anthology is grounded in urban, spoken, and rhythmic areas of poetry, where many classrooms won’t dare touch. … More Reconstructing Poetry via Hip-Hop: A review on The BreakBeat Poets Anthology

“Here,” Jones Said: A Review on Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones

Mister Jones, Mister Jones… You have done it again. Saeed Jones is no amateur when it comes to poetry and lyric. He is a beast. And this book is his offspring. Offspring? Yeah, sure, offspring! While reading this collection I was taken back by the immense amount of boldness, brutality, and blatant disregard for the … More “Here,” Jones Said: A Review on Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones