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A Song of Lilith by Joy Kogawa
A Song of Lilith is a collection of poetry by Joy Kogawa, highlighted with artwork by Lilian Broca. Kogawa is a Japanese-Canadian author, currently living in Toronto, Ontario. She is perhaps best known for her award-winning novel Obasan.

Absentee Indians and Other Poems by Kimberly Blaeser
While reading Blaeser's poems, we jump from the Boundary Waters to the Alaskan Arctic to the desert Southwest to urban Wisconsin. Seemingly, we are in the present, but unquestionably connected to a past and a future rooted in Blaeser's Anishinabe culture on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

Blessing the Boats by Lucille Clifton
Beyond abortion, Lucille Clifton's poetry is about racism, illness, death, gender, and ultimately human experiences. Her poem "dialysis" is powerful. She writes, "after the cancer i was so grateful/ to be alive. i am alive and furious. / Blessed be even this?"

Cande, Te Estoy Llamando by Celeste Guzmán
A young woman looks back on the past and finds her place within the future in Celeste Guzmán's autobiographical book of poems, Cande, Te Estoy Llamando. Guzmán's 16 manic and delicate poems are centered about family and circle around problems of marriage, parenthood, gender roles, and the vulnerable relationships that form amongst family.

Coal to Diamonds from the Garden of Anne Spencer

Fishing for Myth by Heid Erdrich
In Fishing for Myth, a collection of poems by Heid E. Erdrich, the readers are able to take part in the poet's exploration of myths that are grounded together in the experience of everyday life and memory. For Erdrich, the myths that she writes in her poems become part of everyday life. It is as though she is letting us in on a very juicy secret that she is telling us in installments. I get the feeling that Heid Erdrich has only just begun to tell us her secrets through poetry.

On the Bus with Rosa Parks by Rita Dove
The title On the Bus with Rosa Parks originated from an experience in 1995 when Rita Dove and her daughter, Aviva, boarded a bus during a convention held in Virginia. Aviva leaned over to her mother and whispered, "Hey we're on the bus with Rosa Parks," a phrase that haunted Dove into a "meditation on history and the individual. "

Selected Poems by Lorna Goodison
The reader may enjoy these poems on one level for their language and rhythm, or the reader may actively participate in these themes by using them as spring boards to uncover both the historical and current state of Jamaica.

Strong Box Heart by Sheila Sanchez Hatch
Author Sheila Sanchez Hatch portrays herself as the eternal adolescent, the precocious girl who eschewed innocent play to instead pore over her journals with melancholy tales of forgotten love and death.

The Collected Poems by Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde presented herself as she was. Her poetry reveals the raw human emotion in her life, from having children, to the outstanding crimes being committed in our society. The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde contain ten volumes of Lorde's poetry, more than 300 poems. They range in length from being quaint four-lined poems, to longer, more detailed, lasting up to several pages. This book also includes early poetry repeatedly appearing later in other volumes, to show revisions made by Lorde.

The Darker Face of the Earth by Rita Dove
A typical situation in the 1820s: a heartless slave owner takes advantage of his slave women, producing mulatto children that are also kept as slaves. Dove reverses this situation by creating the character of Amalia, a white, married woman in charge of a plantation, who has an affair with an African slave and chooses to give up her son for fear of his life.

The Liminal Space of Desire in the Poetry of Alma Luz Villanueva Cesar A. González-T.

At the heart of the work of Alma Luz Villanueva, we find such desire. Beyond a fierce will to survive and a determination to rise above adversity, she reveals a yearning beyond our knowing and loving.

The Poetry of Anne Spencer
Poet Anne Spencer maintained a beautiful garden, in the back of her home. Her husband Edward built her a small garden house.

Thirsty by Dionne Brand
It might be said that a modern city is a mass of humanity but also a mass of inhumanity. A place of people and things, seemingly in harmony yet oblivious to each other and to their surroundings. A place where Thoreau noted "the masses of men lead lives of quiet desperation. " It is in this city that Dionne Brand stages a collection of poems in a book titled Thirsty.

Throwing Fire at the Sun, Water at the Moon by Anita Endrezze
Throwing Fire at the Sun, Water at the Moon, Anita Endrezze's third book, tells her family history through a complex and skillfully-woven web of political theorizing, historical fact, short stories, and poetry. Born in California to a full-blooded Yaqui Indian father and European mother, Endrezze explores the Native side of her family history, and the history of the Yaqui people as a whole.

To Us, All Flowers Are Roses
Lorna Goodison's sixth collection of poetry, To Us, All Flowers Are Roses, explores themes of motherhood, the history of slavery in Jamaica, and the magical healing powers of the organic splendors of the Caribbean experience.

Vice by Ai
In Vice, a collection of seventeen new poems accompanies several selected poems from Ai's earlier works (Cruelty, Killing Floor, Sin, Fate, and Greed). Spanning well over twenty-five years, these dramatic monologues visualize the harsh reality of vice in America.