A moving trove of radical wisdom and (anti-)institutional knowledge gleaned from a lifetime of activism. Recorded from 2013–2015, these speeches and interviews with the great Angela Davis have only grown more timely, illustrating the concrete ways that global (but especially Israeli and American) oppressions support each other, and the ways our struggles for liberation can and must do the same!Recommended by Kai B.
Shattering. Rapturous. Kinnell's often-baroque language belies one of the most frank and powerful reckonings with death I have ever come across. This ten-part poem also wrestles with what it means to build a family and live with tenderness in a world that runs on cruelty. Recommended by Kai B.
Captivating and devastating! With unfailing humanism, Beaton chronicles the extractions — from the environment, from minority groups, from ourselves — in which we are all complicit. She finds empathy for the lonely men of the Alberta oil sands despite her mistreatment at their hands, and moments of humor and warmth despite the bleakness of her experiences. A must-read, especially if you have student loans.Recommended by Kai B.
Jane Wong's poetry has already established her as one of our finest writers at the intersection between food, family, and identity. Her memoir delves even more vulnerably into this vein, exploring what it means to grow up as a working-class artist swirling between depths of care (from friends, family, and sliced fruit) and carelessness (from boyfriends, family, and food bloggers). With playful free-associative prose and a multiplicity of styles... (read more)Recommended by Kai B.
A thoroughly wonderful debut collection. Tender and viny, these poems sprout from places loved and lost, intimate and estranged, but all grow towards the light.Recommended by Kai B.
This intricate, sun-soaked daydream of a novel influenced classic films like The Shining and Last Year at Marienbad, and Jorge Luis Borges and Octavio Paz both called it "perfect."Recommended by Kai B.
Challenging, but wonderfully revolutionary in both content and form. Long Soldier shreds and scatters the language of American colonialism, combining the scraps with shards of Lakota and sculpting them onto the page with a masterful freedom.Recommended by Kai B.
Reading this book is like watching your emotionally repressed dad cry. A moving portrait of a quiet academic life, Stoner left my head ringing like a struck bell for days after I put it down.Recommended by Kai B.
Lives up to the title! Informed by her Chinese heritage, PNW local Jane Wong is a master of the poetics of food, and this decadent haunted banquet of a collection only inspires more hunger for all the joy and pain of living.Recommended by Kai B.