New release! Each poem in Rachel Long’s award-winning My Darling from the Lions has a vivid story to tell—of family quirks, the perils of dating, the grip of religion, or sexual awakening—stories that are, by turn, emotionally insightful, politically conscious, wise, funny, and outrageous. Told in three sections, it’s a book about growing up, falling in love with not-great men, girlhood, and Barbie doll men in fast cars; a book about femininity, divinity, familial shame, Black identity, and modern culture.
Long reveals herself as a razor-sharp and original voice on the issues of sexual politics and cultural inheritance that polarize our current moment. But it’s her refreshing commitment to the power of the individual poem that will leave the reader turning each page in eager anticipation: here is immediate, wide-awake poetry that entertains royally, without sacrificing a note of its urgency or remarkable skill. A much-anticipated debut collection that announces the arrival of a thrilling new presence in poetry.
By Rachel Long. Paperback. 88 pages. Published by Tin House Books, 2021.