Monica Recommends - Dispatch #8, Poetry Edition
Not sure what book to dive into next? Look no further! Monica recommends these poetry collections.
Felon by Reginald Dwayne Betts
An incredible, agile collection that ranges in form and vast emotion to recreate the complex feelings and truths behind a post-incarceration existence.
Marbling/Ex-Ossibus and Just Like Soft Fruit by Dani Tauber
Three stunning collections in two portable volumes, these poems speak to the flippancy in describing one's own trauma and lend a tender, candid insight into the speaker's truthful existence.
Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Glück
A classic! A collection that doubles as a spellbinding conglomeration of dreamlike portals into various deeply human stories, both heartbreaking and wonderous.
thrall by Natasha Trethewey
Poems that are both deeply personal and historical, Trethewey explores both her own connection to her cultural roots and the complicated roots of America itself.
Slowly/Suddenly by Allison Blevins
A collection that gives voice to sufferers of unmentioned violence: mothers, daughters, lovers, and spouses, in a detailed and demanding exploration of continued survival.