Thiahera Nurse – Week 22 Chapbook Chart 2020

Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone works as ode and requiem to document the precious narratives held inside the body of a black girl. Opening with declarations of self-love, beauty, eulogy, and Lil’ Kim rapping in the rain, the landscape of Nurse’s poetry functions equally as underworld and imagined heaven. Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone sees Renisha McBride, Sandra Bland, Korrynn Gaines, and others not as ornamental nor does the book attempt to canonize the dead women as saints. The poems see them as they are: play-cousins, home-girls, the mirror. Line to line, there is an obsession with keeping all of the women in the poems safe and perhaps resurrectable. The black girl who is alive here lives to switch her waistline to a reggae beat. She is in the middle of the dance floor with a suicide note in her purse as a means of warding off bad juju. Always, she is chasing joy head-on, at warp speed.

Thiahera Nurse is a poet and educator from Hollis,Queens. Her work can be found in The Offing, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is a 2018 Poets House Fellow. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin. Her chapbook “Some Girls Survive On Their Sorcery Alone” is available now. She writes for the black girls.

1 – Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone – Thiahera Nurse and Reginald Gibbons (Northwestern University Press, 2019)

2 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

3 – The Blue Nib Chapbook 5 – Adam Levon, Ross McCague, Teresa Godfrey (The Blue Nib, 2020)

4 – Next Hood Over – Hazel The Aura, Sean Hanrahan, Josh Martin (Toho Publishing, 2020)

5 – The Maze To My Heart – Alexis M Romo (Alexis Monique Romo, 2020)

6 – Two – Emma Catlin (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)

7 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

8 – (Once) Suppressed – Aisha Rose (Independently published, 2018)

9 – Maybe, someday – Becca Noel (Independently published)

10 – Fly on a Wall – Richard Milton Grahn (Independently published, 2019)

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Thiahera Nurse – Week 21 Chapbook Chart 2020

Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone works as ode and requiem to document the precious narratives held inside the body of a black girl. Opening with declarations of self-love, beauty, eulogy, and Lil’ Kim rapping in the rain, the landscape of Nurse’s poetry functions equally as underworld and imagined heaven. Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone sees Renisha McBride, Sandra Bland, Korrynn Gaines, and others not as ornamental nor does the book attempt to canonize the dead women as saints. The poems see them as they are: play-cousins, home-girls, the mirror. Line to line, there is an obsession with keeping all of the women in the poems safe and perhaps resurrectable. The black girl who is alive here lives to switch her waistline to a reggae beat. She is in the middle of the dance floor with a suicide note in her purse as a means of warding off bad juju. Always, she is chasing joy head-on, at warp speed.

Thiahera Nurse is a poet and educator from Hollis,Queens. Her work can be found in The Offing, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is a 2018 Poets House Fellow. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin. Her chapbook “Some Girls Survive On Their Sorcery Alone” is available now. She writes for the black girls.

1 – Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone – Thiahera Nurse and Reginald Gibbons (Northwestern University Press, 2019)

2 – (Once) Suppressed – Aisha Rose (Independently published, 2018)

3 – A little book about Paths – Alison Fure (Sampson Low, 2020)

4 – The Maze To My Heart – Alexis M Romo (Alexis Monique Romo, 2020)

5 – Maybe, someday – Becca Noel (Independently published)

6 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

7 – She reconsiders life on the run – Tricia Dearborn (Recent Work Press, 2019)

8 – Fly on a Wall – Richard Milton Grahn (Independently published, 2019)

9 – Two – Emma Catlin (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)

10 – The Blue Nib Chapbook 5 – Adam Levon, Ross McCague, Teresa Godfrey (The Blue Nib, 2020)

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Alison Fure – Week 20 Chapbook Chart 2020

Paths are a form of separation between us and modern life. They separate us from traffic. They flow like water to provide us with natural shortcuts and desire lines. They can allow for a continuity of gardens and be good wildlife corridors. They can provide a link to the past and the people who used old routes, providing a touchstone for emotional memory.
When we follow in footsteps, we are in harmony with our ancestors.

Alison Fure is a field ecologist specialising in bats. She is also a walking artist and enjoys showing people new dimensions to their environment.

1 – A little book about Paths – Alison Fure (Sampson Low, 2020)

2 – Maybe, someday – Becca Noel (Independently published)

3 – All The Pretty Lies – Xander Tabb (Independently published)

4 – Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

5 – The Maze To My Heart – Alexis M Romo (Alexis Monique Romo, 2020)

6 – Brood – Kimiko Hahn  (Sarabande Books, 2018)

7 – The death of Harold Ladoo – Dennis Lee  (Kanchenjunga Press, 1976)

8 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

9 – Palmistry – Christopher Ringrose (ICOE Press, 2019)

10 – City, Ruby: Poetry – Seth Seong (Independently published)

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Alison Fure – Week 19 Chapbook Chart 2020

Paths are a form of separation between us and modern life. They separate us from traffic. They flow like water to provide us with natural shortcuts and desire lines. They can allow for a continuity of gardens and be good wildlife corridors. They can provide a link to the past and the people who used old routes, providing a touchstone for emotional memory.
When we follow in footsteps, we are in harmony with our ancestors.

Alison Fure is a field ecologist specialising in bats. She is also a walking artist and enjoys showing people new dimensions to their environment.

1 – A little book about Paths – Alison Fure  (Sampson Low, 2020)

2 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 2017)

3 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

4 – Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

5 – Sherlock Holmes: A Flash In The Pan – William Meikle (Independently published)

6 – The Blue Nib Chapbook 5 – Adam Levon, Ross McCague, Teresa Godfrey (The Blue Nib, 2020)

7 – Micro Chapbook RPG – Noah Patterson (Independently published, 2020)

8 – Night Animals – Yusef Komunyakaa, Rachel Bliss (Sarabande Books, 2011)

9 – Any Kind of Excuse – Nin Andrews (The Kent State University Press , 2003)

10 – Looking Outside the Window: Verses for Surviving Quarantine – Jason A. Muckley (Independently published, 2020)

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Joseph Massey – Week 18 Chapbook Chart 2020

In his chapbook, Present Conditions, Joseph Massey writes that “the weather within / is the weather without.” His poems chronicle a difficult winter where the universe grows colder, his speaker taking all day to “filter out the debris of a dream.” These poems bring us the aching beauty of the natural world, and the crushing sadness of interior space. A speaker’s failed suicide. The return to sanity. The waiting where we can’t go on, but we do go on, if nothing else when “the windows / . . . go blind.”

Joseph Massey is the author of Illocality (Wave Books, 2015) and a trilogy grounded in the landscape of coastal Humboldt County, California: Areas of Fog (Shearsman Books, 2009), At the Point (Shearsman Books, 2011), and To Keep Time (Omnidawn, 2014). He worked as an instructor and teaching assistant for the University of Pennsylvania’s ModPo (Modern and Contemporary Poetry) MOOC, which serves thousands of students, worldwide, at no cost. He now teaches privately. He lives in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.

1 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

2 – Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

3 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 2017)

4 – Night Animals – Yusef Komunyakaa, Rachel Bliss (Sarabande Books, 2011)

5 – The Blue Nib Chapbook 5 – Adam Levon, Ross McCague, Teresa Godfrey (The Blue Nib, 2020)

6 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

7 – Snails & Elephants – Nicole Jean Turner (NicoleJeanTurner.com, 2020)

8 – Flower of Scotland: Volume 1 – William Meikle (Independently published, 2020)

9 – The Coming of the Old Ones – Jeffrey Thomas (Forma Street Press 2019)

10 – Will Burtin: The Display of Visual Knowledge – R. Roger Remington (Boydell and Brewer, 2016)

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Yusef Komunyakaa – Week 17 Chapbook Chart 2020

The poems in Night Animals, by Yusef Komunyakaa, climb so deeply into the being of various beasts, from cricket to leopard to snowy owl, that we read them with an uncanny shiver of recognition. Without ever fully abandoning his human skin, Komunyakaa inhabits both the outer and inner lives of these creatures. The images are a brilliant match for the poems, each of Rachel Bliss’s surreal animals populate a realm somewhere between our two species—birds with teeth, men with antlers, a duck wearing suspenders. Both image and word are dense and dark, intensely focused around a kind of hunger. The poet has been startling us with his rich, disturbing, and important poems for many years. Night Animals extends Yusef Komunyakaa’s remarkable oeuvre.

Yusef Komunyakaa is an American poet who teaches at New York University and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Komunyakaa is a recipient of the 1994 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, for Neon Vernacular and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He also received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Komunyakaa received the 2007 Louisiana Writer Award for his enduring contribution to the poetry world. His subject matter ranges from the black experience through rural Southern life before the Civil Rights era and his experience as a soldier during the Vietnam War.

1 – Night Animals – Yusef Komunyakaa, Rachel Bliss (Sarabande Books, 2011)

2 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

3 – Closest Pronunciation – Ed Roberson (Northwestern University Press, 2013)

4 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 2017)

5 – The Blue Nib Chapbook 5 – Adam Levon, Ross McCague, Teresa Godfrey (The Blue Nib, 2020)

6 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

7 – Mare Nostrum – Khaled Mattawa (Sarabande Books, 2019)

8 – Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig – Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, 2010)

9 – Winter Warmers Silly & Serious – Sandra Matthews (Sheephouse Books, 2019)

10 – Any Kind of Excuse – Nin Andrews (The Kent State University Press , 2003)

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Yusef Komunyakaa – Week 16 Chapbook Chart 2020

The poems in Night Animals, by Yusef Komunyakaa, climb so deeply into the being of various beasts, from cricket to leopard to snowy owl, that we read them with an uncanny shiver of recognition. Without ever fully abandoning his human skin, Komunyakaa inhabits both the outer and inner lives of these creatures. The images are a brilliant match for the poems, each of Rachel Bliss’s surreal animals populate a realm somewhere between our two species—birds with teeth, men with antlers, a duck wearing suspenders. Both image and word are dense and dark, intensely focused around a kind of hunger. The poet has been startling us with his rich, disturbing, and important poems for many years. Night Animals extends Yusef Komunyakaa’s remarkable oeuvre.

Yusef Komunyakaa is an American poet who teaches at New York University and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Komunyakaa is a recipient of the 1994 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, for Neon Vernacular and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He also received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Komunyakaa received the 2007 Louisiana Writer Award for his enduring contribution to the poetry world. His subject matter ranges from the black experience through rural Southern life before the Civil Rights era and his experience as a soldier during the Vietnam War.

1 – Night Animals – Yusef Komunyakaa, Rachel Bliss (Sarabande Books, 2011)

2 – The Blue Nib Chapbook 5 – Adam Levon, Ross McCague, Teresa Godfrey (The Blue Nib, 2020)

3 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 2017)

4 – Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

5 – Sherlock Holmes: A Flash In The Pan – William Meikle (Independently published)

6 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

7 – Mare Nostrum – Khaled Mattawa (Sarabande Books, 2019)

8 – Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig – Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, 2010)

9 – Learning to Have Lost – Oz Hardwick (Recent Work Press, 2019)

10 – My Heart Oasis – Walid Abdallah (Ukiyoto Publishing, 2020)

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