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NEW REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS!!

 

SPD is proud to celebrate recent titles that have drawn critical praise & attention! We've gathered some of our favorite recent review highlights and will compile that buzz for you here regularly.  Publishers & authors: if you've got a new review you'd like considered for our highlights, please send it to publicity@spdbooks.org!
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A Cannibal Explains Himself to Himself by Will Alexander | The Elephants, 2019
A Cannibal Explains Himself to Himself by Will Alexander | The Elephants, 2019
"Neither electrical, nor magnetic—more, a visionary burning in an alchemical chamber.  These pages—prose, poetry, aphorism—express a signature, expansive tonality: Alexander's sounding."
-Mary Cisper


Omniverse | February 13, 2020
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Near, At by Jennifer Soong | Futurepoem Books, 2019
Near, At by Jennifer Soong | Futurepoem Books, 2019
"Soong's auspicious debut... understands the promise of its title, blossoming into an investigation of the liminal and imitative apperceptions that can only occur through passage."
-Chris Campanioni

The Brooklyn Rail | February 6, 2020
 
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Porn Carnival by Rachel Rabbit White | Wonder, 2019
Porn Carnival by Rachel Rabbit White | Wonder, 2019
"[Porn Carnival] grapples with glamor and image, then invites you further in, interweaving non-dualities of joy and nihilism, romance and despair, all with canny discretion."
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gin hart and mal young

Bomb Magazine | February 3, 2020

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Trace by Melanie Figg | New Rivers Press, 2019
Trace by Melanie Figg | New Rivers Press, 2019
"Hauntingly beautiful pieces that will leave deep impressions."

Kirkus Reviews | January 30, 2020

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Meet Me There: Normal Sex & Home in three days. Don't wash. by Samuel Ace | Belladonna*, 2019
Meet Me There: Normal Sex & Home in three days. Don't wash. by Samuel Ace | Belladonna*, 2019
"In the demand to be one-specific identity throughout the entirety of Ace’s life, Ace presents the past and present of existence through co-authorship... The works, like people and our desires, do not easily fit into a single gender or genre."
-Avren Keating


Entropy | January 27, 2020
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Story by Jennifer Firestone | Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019
Story by Jennifer Firestone | Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019
"...a skillful and philosophically rich addition to Firestone's stimulating body of work."

Publisher's Weekly | January 24, 2020
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Dear Twin by Addie Tsai | Metonymy Press, 2019
Dear Twin by Addie Tsai | Metonymy Press, 2019
"A powerful debut by Addie Tsai, Dear Twin is a thought-provoking book that examines the emotional weight of twin-ness through a queer lens."
-Michele Kirichanskaya

Lambda Literary | January 22, 2020

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Gray is the New Black by Dorothy Rice | Otis Books | Seismicity Editions, 2019
Gray is the New Black by Dorothy Rice | Otis Books | Seismicity Editions, 2019
"With incisive, lyrical prose, Dorothy Rice articulates something important about generations of women, especially those who find comfort in language, reading and writing and use these tools to discover why it was so important to them to fit in, to belong, to be wanted by a man, even a bad man, or the wrong man."
-Christy Stillwell

Lit Pub | January 21, 2020
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Fanny and the Mystery in the Grieving Forest by Rune Christiansen, Kari Dickson (Translator) | Book*hug, 2019
Fanny and the Mystery in the Grieving Forest by Rune Christiansen, Kari Dickson (Translator) | Book*hug, 2019
"Christiansen's titular protagonist Fanny, a high schooler who refuses to confront her grief at the sudden death of her parents, slips seamlessly in and out of reality, between dreams and memory, leaving readers unsure what's real or imagined..."
-Katie Smith


LA Review of Books | January 20, 2020
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This Moment: Bold Voices from WriteGirl by Keren Taylor (Editor) | WriteGirl Publications, 2019
This Moment: Bold Voices from WriteGirl by Keren Taylor (Editor) | WriteGirl Publications, 2019
"[It's] not only that I can't wait to put the book to work; the content itself is that rich—that keenly observed, various, joyful, affecting—a testament to the power of language to inspire attention, intention, insight, confidence, community, and hope."
-Dinah Lenney

LA Review of Books | January 16, 2020
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Time by Etel Adnan, Sarah Riggs (Translator) | Nightboat, 2019
Time by Etel Adnan, Sarah Riggs (Translator) | Nightboat, 2019
"Adnan poetically navigates the currents of desperation and hope with a clarity placed on the page in short stanzas that we can pick up and roll over in our minds again and again."
-Emma Gomis

Asymptote | January 16, 2020
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Year By Year: Poems by Lynne Sachs | Tender Buttons Press, 2019
Year By Year: Poems by Lynne Sachs | Tender Buttons Press, 2019
"As an artist, Sachs keeps playing, again and again, with each of the thirty-three films she has made over the decades and now, with her first book of poems, which are just as inventive and fresh, just as delightfully playful with form."
-Sharon Harrigan


Cleaver | January 15, 2020
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Spawn by Marie-Andree Gill, Kristen Renee Miller (Translator) | Book*hug, 2020
Spawn by Marie-Andree Gill, Kristen Renee Miller (Translator) | Book*hug, 2020
"[Spawn] explores identity in its myriad manifestations as the young person at its center grows up. This book is delightful and sad, funny and gutting, and so masterfully crafted that it can only be described as a joy to read."
-Sarah Neilson

Bookmarks | January 15, 2020
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day/break by Gwen Benaway | Book*hug, 2020
day/break by Gwen Benaway | Book*hug, 2020
"Benaway writes so sublimely about the transfeminine experience, about transmisogyny and the violent legacies of colonialism, about the body and all its wonders and limitations, about sex and about expansiveness. She's one of the most exciting contemporary poets, and day/break is another magnificent work of lyricism that should not be missed."
-Sarah Neilson

Bookmarks | January 15, 2020
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Last of Her Name by Mimi Lok Kaya Press, 2019
 Last of Her Name by Mimi Lok  (Kaya Press, 2019)
"This thoughtful collection is delicate in its strength, offering a quiet testament to human connections and the surprises they reveal. Keenly observant, Lok transforms her characters into something both familiar and foreign with a voice all her own."

ZYZZYVA | January 17, 2020
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Perverse, All Monstrous by Cody-Rose Clevidence | Nion Editions, 2017

"Perverse, All Monstrous experiments with striking visual fieldwork, ranging from fragments nestled within digital error messages to reimagined concrete poetry distilled in a double helix. Beyond their initial draw, these configurations of language pry open established structures of meaning and allow Clevidence to access the core concern of this collection."

ZYZZYVA | January 17, 2020

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the Internet is for real by Chris Campanioni | C&R Press, 2019
the Internet is for real by Chris Campanioni | C&R Press, 2019
"Campanioni is not bewailing the challenge of the present moment. He is confronting it, wrestling with it, negotiating it, struggling to understand and embody it in compelling structure and language." 
-Ralph Hamilton


Rhino Poetry | January 9, 2020
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Utopia Pipe Dream Memory by Anna Gurton-Wachter | Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019
Utopia Pipe Dream Memory by Anna Gurton-Wachter | Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019
"[This] debut full-length shows her driving insistently, precisely, recklessly, gleefully, into squalls of the impossible, into bomb cyclones of potential, in ways that might worry her parents, but will surely excite her readers."
-Morgan Vo


The Poetry Project | January 7, 2020



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Love Three by Aaron Kunin | Wave Books, 2019
Love Three by Aaron Kunin | Wave Books, 2019
"What distinguishes this book from others that might look like it (in terms of genre, or anti-genre) is how very strange some of it is. 'Strange' to me is a term of deep admiration."
-Simone White

Five Books | January 4, 2020
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day pulls down the sky / a filament in gold leaf by Okwui Okpokwasili and Asiua Wadud | Belladonna*, 2019
day pulls down the sky / a filament in gold leaf by Okwui Okpokwasili and Asiua Wadud (Belladonna*, 2019)
"What is a chorus? What does it mean to be in a multivocal performance mode or composition mode? What does it mean to have a single voice? Those are very interesting questions, and they're very profoundly realized in the book itself."
-Simone White

Five Books | January 4, 2020
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