Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice....more
Posts Tagged: Samiya Bashir
Thursday 1/26: James Galvin reads from his poetry, hosted by the Portland State University Creative Writing Department. Literary Arts, 4:30 p.m., free.
Rob Spillman, cofounding editor of Tin House, reads from his new memoir, All Tomorrow’s Parties, and is joined in conversation afterwards by Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart and the forthcoming Abandon Me....more
Transparent to Visible Light
Across the seas, and then across the
seas, an aircraft carried full and whole
a world: as far apart as their fair
hostess could achieve sat mother and
father and their little girl who sucked
a sulking, tortured curl she’d wound
around her head, smacked the frayed strands
against her lips like a lapdog kiss.
It’s been one hell of a week for Rumpus books, complete with a review by D.A. Powell of Rachel Loden’s Dick of the Dead and an interview with Jonathan Ames. Come read!...more
Gospel music, like its secular cousin the blues, never wallows in pity, but instead seeks to transcend pain and reach glory. Bashir’s book makes the same trip....more
Bend into my mouth
before frost ends us.