New Books Network

Great Books: Glenn Wallis on Gibran’s “The Prophet”
Kahlil Gibran’s 1923 The Prophet is book that’s changed people’s lives. It is a deceptively simple book, but it contains a radical insight. “Of what can I speak save of that which is even now moving in your souls?” What can a book teach us that we cannot know ourselves?... Read More
Becca Klaver, “Ready for the World” (Black Lawrence Press, 2020)
Becca Klaver writes in the poem ‘Hooliganism Was the Charge,’ It offered reassurance which said, “You are not alone; I can hear you.” Her forthcoming collection, Ready for the World (Black Lawrence Press 2020), reminds us that no matter the digital distance between us we are never quite alone. A... Read More
Joyce Ashuntantang, “A Basket of Flaming Ashes” (African Books Collective, 2010)
Joyce Ashuntantang talks about her experiences as a traveler and a poet, from her childhood Cameroon to her years studying in Great Britain and the United States. Ashuntantang is a professor of English at Hillyer College, University of Hartford. She is the author of many works of poetry, including A Basket... Read More
Emily Skaja, “Brute” (Graywolf Press, 2019)
Winner of the Walt Whitman Award, Emily Skaja’s Brute (Graywolf Press, 2019) is a stunning collection of poetry that navigates the dark corridors of trauma found at the end of an abusive relationship. “Everyone if we’re going to talk about love please we have to talk about violence,” writes Skaja in... Read More
Emily Wilson, trans., “The Odyssey” (Norton, 2017)
The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home. In this fresh, authoritative version, this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes... Read More
Tamara J. Madison, “Threed, This Road Not Damascus” (Trio House, 2019)
Tamara J. Madison, both on the page and in voice, is magical. In her most recent collection, Threed, This Road Not Damascus (Trio House, 2019), she seamlessly bridges the gap between past and present while remaining grounded in the here and now. Via her use of religion, familial history, and... Read More
Jason Bayani, “Locus” (Omnidawn Publishing, 2019)
“Poetry gave me back a way to find my culture, my history,” says Jason Bayani, discussing his new book Locus (Omnidawn Publishing 2019), which blends memoir and poetry into a stunning exploration of fragmented identities and the Pilipinx-American experience. Drawing inspiration from hip-hop and delving into the knotted complexity of... Read More