Poetry by Black authors we love!

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Blood on the Fog

Tongo Eisen-Martin

Politically astute, filled with wisdom and great humanity, this is poetry meant to conjure a healing and provoke a confrontation, an invitation to a...

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The Junta of Happenstance

Tolu Oloruntoba

Personal, primordial, and pulsing with syncopated language, Tolu Oloruntoba?s poetic debut, The Junta of Happenstance, is a compendium of dis-ease. This includes disease in...

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Dream of No One but Myself

David Bradford

An expansive, hybrid, debut collection of prose poems, self-erasures, verse, and family photo cut-ups about growing up in a racially trinary, diversely troubled family....

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The Essential June Jordan

June Jordan

"...This volume of verse displays the undeniable legacy June Jordan left on both our literature and culture. Collected here are blazing examples of poetry...

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ZOM-FAM

Kama La Mackerel

In their debut poetry collection, Kama La Mackerel mythologizes a queer/trans narrative of and for their home island, Mauritius. Composed of expansive lyric poems,...

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Magnetic Equator

Kaie Kellough

An original, inventive--and visually stunning--exploration of place, identity, language, and experience from the acclaimed poet, novelist, and sound performer.The poems in Kaie Kellough's third...

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Nouveau Griot

Tanya Evanson

Nouveau Griot is the result of 20 years on stage and in studio. It is the text from four spoken word audio recordings made...

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The Dyzgraphxst

Canisia Lubrin

Canisia Lubrin returns with a mesmerizing new collection, the follow-up to her breakout book, Voodoo Hypothesis.The Dyzgraphxst presents seven inquiries into selfhood through the...

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The Matrix

N.H. Pritchard

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The Blue Clerk

Dionne Brand

Griffin Poetry Prize winner Dionne Brand's startlingly original work about the act of writing itself.On a lonely wharf a clerk in an ink blue...

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The Tradition

Jericho Brown

"By some literary magic—no, it's precision, and honesty—Brown manages to bestow upon even the most public of subjects the most intimate and personal stakes."—Craig...

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A Fortune for Your Disaster

Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist. and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was named a...

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Homie

Danez Smith

Danez Smith is our presidentHomie is Danez Smith’s magnificent anthem about the saving grace of friendship. Rooted in the loss of one of Smith’s...

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Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night

Morgan Parker

Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night—the book that launched the career of one of our most important young American poets—is back in...

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Zong!

M. NourbeSe Philip

In November, 1781, the captain of the slave ship Zong ordered that some 150 Africans be murdered by drowning so that the ship’s owners...

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Call Us What We Carry

Amanda Gorman

The breakout poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda GormanFormerly titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, the...

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Black Girl, Call Home

Jasmine Mans

A Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Oprah Magazine • Time •  Vulture • Essence • Elle • Cosmopolitan • Real Simple • Marie Claire • Refinery 29 •  Shondaland • Pop Sugar • Bustle • Apartment Therapy • The Rumpus • She Reads • The Everygirl • Medium • Career...

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Born to Slow Horses

Brathwaite, Kamau

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There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce

Morgan Parker

The only thing more beautiful than Beyoncé is God,and God is a black woman sipping rosé and drawing alavender bath, texting her mom, belly-laughing...

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I have to live

Aisha Sasha John

A new collection ablaze with urgency and radiant inquiry from a 2015 finalist for the Trillium Book Award for PoetryA demand and promise; an...

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Sonnet's Shakespeare

Sonnet L'Abbe

Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award-winning poet Sonnet L'Abbé returns with her third collection, in which a mixed-race woman decomposes her inheritance of Shakespeare by breaking...

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Dispatch

Cameron Awkward-Rich

Winner of the 2018 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award, Cameron Awkward-Rich’s intimate second book of poems attempts to reckon with and withstand American violence.Set...

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When Angels Speak of Love

bell hooks

Icon of women's movement and author of over twenty books, including a narrative series on love, bell hooks reminds us of the good and...

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Autowar

Assiyah Jamilla Touré

A visceral, vital, unblinking debut collection of poems exploring kinesthetic memory and longing, inherited violence, and the body as a geographical site. We're often...

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Ossuaries

Dionne Brand

Dionne Brand’s hypnotic, urgent long poem – her first book of poetry in four years, is about the bones of fading cultures and ideas,...

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The Gospel of Breaking

Jillian Christmas

Winner, Writers' Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers Shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial...

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Don't Call Us Dead

Danez Smith

Finalist for the National Book Award for PoetryWinner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection“[Smith's] poems are enriched to the point of volatility, but...

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Eecchhooeess

N.H. Pritchard

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Voodoo Hypothesis

Canisia Lubrin

Voodoo Hypothesis is a subversion of the imperial construct of "blackness" and a rejection of the contemporary and historical systems that paint black people...

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All That Beauty

Fred Moten

A pathbreaking new volume of poems from Fred Moten, ALL THAT BEAUTY combine's Moten's penchant for lyrical prosody, radical thought, and African American theory...

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Field Study

Chet'la Sebree

Winner of the 2020 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets"Layered, complex, and infinitely compelling, Chet’la Sebree’sField Study is a daring exploration...

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bone

Yrsa Daley-Ward

“yrsa daley-ward’s bone is a symphony of breaking and mending. . . . she lays her hands on the pulse of the thing. ....

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No Language Is Neutral

Dionne Brand

A joyful, imagistic discovery of woman as speaker and subject. As a woman, a black, and a lesbian, Brand arrives at a rigorous and...

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