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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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Wild Peach by S*an D. Henry-Smith | Futurepoem Books, 2020
Wild Peach by S*an D. Henry-Smith | Futurepoem Books, 2020

"What is privacy for larvae? Detritus is a subjective fiction. The artist lives in this, dreams in public, and therefore must thrash and shit-talk madly."

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Justin Phillip Reed

"Touch something and know love. S*an offers us a language that will reach us in the world—embodied, living, and reflective—long before we reach the book."

-Jayson P. Smith

Poetry Project | Fall 2020

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 In a January Would by Lonely Christopher | Roof Books, 2020
 In a January Would by Lonely Christopher | Roof Books, 2020
"There are flashing hints at narrative where image fades into image in collage recalling the imagistic surfaces of John Ashberry, but with more depth of texture, more alienation, more political critique, more climbing out of windows, interpersonal tiffs, and gay sex."

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Levi Bentley

Poetry Project | Fall 2020
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Pricks in the Tapestry by Jameson Fitzpatrick  | Birds, LLC, 2020
Pricks in the Tapestry by Jameson Fitzpatrick I Birds, LLC, 2020 "There is sensuality, and there is Eros, but sex is also rendered beyond the romantic and erotic—it’s more expansive, complicated, and fraught than that."

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Alina Pleskova

Poetry Project | Fall 2020
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Carnation and Tenebrae Candle by Marosa di Giorgio, Jeannine Marie Pitas (trans.) | Cardboard House Press, 2020
Carnation and Tenebrae Candle by Marosa di Giorgio, Jeannine Marie Pitas (trans.) | Cardboard House Press, 2020
"Bursting with burning roses, foam, tulle, masks, disturbing gazes, and esoteric languages, Carnation and Tenebrae Candle participates in the baroque’s operations of concealment and revelation to test the limits of compulsory femininity and unsettle the Cartesian definition of the seeing subject."

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Zack Anderson

Action Books | November 4, 2020
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Little Girl Gazelle by Stephane Martelly, Katia Grubisic (Trans.) | Linda Leith Publishing, 2020
Little Girl Gazelle by Stephane Martelly, Katia Grubisic (Trans.) | Linda Leith Publishing, 2020
"Little Girl Gazelle runs through the book; she is wood among steel, hooves among wheels. Albin Christen’s striking black-and-white illustrations move us through the story past African masks and jungles of machinery.

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Kate Lavut

Montreal Review of Books| Fall 2020
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Working in the Bathtub: Conversations with the Immortal Dany Laferrière by Adam Leith Gollner | Linda Leith Publishing, 2020
Working in the Bathtub: Conversations with the Immortal Dany Laferrière by Adam Leith Gollner | Linda Leith Publishing, 2020
"Working in the Bathtub is a transportive experience, plunking readers at the table between two authors engaged in a far-reaching conversation that stretches from the personal to the professional, the existential and esoteric."

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T'Cha Dunlevy

Montreal Gazette | November 06, 2020



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VERONICA: A SUITE IN X PARTS by Erica Hunt | selva oscura press, 2019
VERONICA: A SUITE IN X PARTS by Erica Hunt | selva oscura press, 2019

"Throughout this work, Hunt’s expression of collective grief becomes a call for change: “The future is back and the story leads you here."

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Valentine Conaty

Poets House | November 11, 2020

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All That Beauty by Fred Moten | Letter Machine Editions, 2019
All That Beauty by Fred Moten | Letter Machine Editions, 2019
"All That Beauty explores lineages of Black literature, music, and art, and this collection continues the work of his critical texts, considering the significance of beauty in Black life against the logic of representation imposed by white culture’s gatekeepers."

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Valentine Conaty

Poets House | November 11, 2020

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Sana Sana by Ariana Brown | Game Over Books, 2020
Sana Sana by Ariana Brown | Game Over Books, 2020
"With radical tenderness, Brown invites us into some of her experiences growing up a Black Mexican queer woman, through the conflict and joy and healing. Brown has been performing spoken word across the country for more than a decade, and Sana Sana is the first printed collection of her most famous work."

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Arianna Rebolini


Buzzfeed | November 18, 2020
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Renee Gladman

"The quality of her dreaming, its interior abstraction, is exquisite. Its wonder lies in how closed its shutters are to any mundane world, how far back the lanes and alleyways of its imagining recede from the proper nouns and pedestrianisms of our lives."

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William Harris

n+1 | Fall 2020
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Lake of Urine: A Love Story by Guillermo Stitch | Sagging Meniscus Press, 2020
Lake of Urine: A Love Story by Guillermo Stitch | Sagging Meniscus Press, 2020
"As if made for our moment, “Lake of Urine” imparts a sense of old ways collapsing, and of men and women adjusting to brute new realities."

-Dwight Garner


The New York Times | November 23, 2020
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The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction edited by Zoe Bossiere & Dinty W. Moore | Rose Metal Press, 2020
The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction edited by Zoe Bossiere & Dinty W. Moore| Rose Metal Press, 2020
"So much beauty, so much grief — the whole range of experience flashing by, leaving impressions as it passes."

-Lori Soderlind 


The New York Times | November 17, 2020
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