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Deaf Republic

Ilya Kaminsky (Graywolf)

This two-part drama in verse tells the story of a deaf boy’s death at the hands of the state, and a community’s uprising through sign language against its oppressors. Kaminsky redefines notions of deafness and hearing in this work of sheer emotional and imaginative brilliance.

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Hybrida

Tina Chang (Norton)

Through tender and restless poems about her son, Chang examines the ongoing violence against people of color in the U.S., offering a powerful testament of the role of imagination in cultivating empathy, and of the work remaining to be done to ensure the safety of society’s most vulnerable.

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The Octopus Museum

Brenda Shaughnessy (Knopf)

This startling environmental dystopia imagines a future in which octopods rule and attempt to make sense of their human predecessors. Through this astonishingly inventive conceit, Shaughnessy memorably explores contemporary anxieties, from motherhood to the widespread destruction caused by climate change.

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To the Wren: Collected & New

Jane Mead (Alice James)

Throughout her career, Mead (1958–2019) chronicled the complexities of interior life and the bounties of nature through plainspoken and incantatory lyric poems. This beautifully collected edition showcases Mead’s distinctive sensibility: her generous eye for detail and keen attention to the mind’s movements on the page.

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The Tradition

Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon)

Weaving race, religion, and social commentary with mythology, these sonically rich poems examine Brown’s identity as a queer black man in the U.S., challenging “the tradition” in ways explicit and implicit. A master of forms, Brown contributes his own—the duplex, which combines elements of the sonnet, ghazal, and blues—to American poetry.

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