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Burn it Down: Women Writing About Anger, edited by Lilly Dancyger
In Burn It Down, a diverse group of women authors explore their rage—from the personal to the systemic, the unacknowledged to the public. Contributors include Melissa Febos on discovering that anger could be a powerful tool for art; Leslie Jamison on how she used to insist that she didn’t angry, and learning that wasn’t true; Meredith Talusan on navigating different rules for how she was “allowed” to express anger after her gender transition; and Evette Dionne on the “angry Black woman” stereotype, and more.
Instructions for Temporary Survival, by Monica Prince
“Instructions for Temporary Survival is a book concerned with naming oneself, with claiming an identity in a world that seems bent on tearing us apart…or as the poet Monica Prince herself says, ‘…we’d wake up and claim our new // names. Pay attention to this new / insurrection.’ Constantly moving between—and surviving!—opposing poles, this book’s speaker seems to rise from rubble into an identity of resonating song: ‘Remember, beloved: you are unlit candle, / unlocked door, razor blade freshly sharpened.’ This is a beautiful debut!” –Jericho Brown, author of The Tradition
“Like lit candles, one after another, the poems in Instructions for Temporary Survival draw on an old yet startling permanence of sheer human will: to live, and to love. To glow hot, to insist.” –Laura Newbern, author of Love and the Eye
Second-Order Desire, by Heather McNaugher
Heather McNaugher’s second full-length collection paints a portrait of growing up smart and queer and full of desire. This speaker knows “at the bottom of everything is rape.”
I don’t want a brain surgeon who claims med school was a piece of cake, and I don’t want the news about life on this earth from someone who hasn’t been abraded by its grit. Thank god for Heather McNaugher, who is engaged in the ancient profession of naming all the things we can hardly stand, which includes love just as much as its various unseemly sentries. How can pain dazzle like this, just from being pinned to the page? That’s exactly what this book is up to, and McNaugher calls it like it is: “Some days are a dog/you want to put down.” Like all powerful narratives, these poems revolve around those single, still moments where the dime drops, the word you can’t say rings out, and it’s possible to look full in the face of the desperate truth. And grace is here, too, which this book so rightly observes. — Sarah Smith
Impossible Children, by Robert Yune
As hard as Robert Yune’s characters try to escape their Korean heritage and disappear into a rootless America, they can’t run from blood. As one laments, ‘Sooner or later, everything returns,’ yet there seems no way to reassemble the once-missing pieces and become whole again. With a clear-eyed grace, Impossible Children chronicles a generation struggling to bear the weight of their inheritance.”
—Stewart O'Nan, author of Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, and Last Night at the Lobster
"Robert Yune's magnificent and richly assured debut, Impossible Children, takes us across the United States, from New Jersey to Michigan to Alaska, portraying the lives of the itinerant, the wanderers, and the lost. The stories—through a fully realized community—embody and evoke generations, history, and the history of war and migration. This is a collection that is both precise—in language, in imagery and tone, revealing key moments in a life—and vast in geography, events, and the heart."
—Paul Yoon, from the Introduction