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The Joy of Play: Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces (10th Anniversary Ed.) by David Biespiel

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Biespiel offers a number of best practices—not just for writing poems, but for living a creative life.

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We Will Not Be Contained: Pretty Bitches and Too Much

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There will always be another word used against us.

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Ode to Girlhood: Olivia Gatwood’s Life of the Party

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The world that suffocates girls still has a lot to learn from them.

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The Privilege of Art: Courtney Maum’s Costalegre

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There is no real freedom to create art, only the obligation to wealth.

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Time Is Money: Porn Carnival by Rachel Rabbit White

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This isn’t a book about loss; rather, it’s a book about sheer willpower and intentionality.

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The Body Uncanny: Verge by Lidia Yuknavitch

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Though the stories vary in length and scope, each cuts deep into a truth of humanity.

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Writing Through: You Are No Longer in Trouble by Nicole Stellon O’Donnell

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There are no line breaks here because there are no breaks here.

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The Power of the Crone: Ursula K. Le Guin’s No Time to Spare

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Sweet, nurturing, platitude-accepting granny Le Guin is not.

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Fraught Woods: Chelsea Rathburn’s Still Life with Mother and Knife

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These are the woods through which we walk from an early age.

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Great Pain, Great Pleasure: Here All Night, Nightshade, and Blazons

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All three remind readers that what is imagined is not always real and the world is not as expected.

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A Decade of Surface over Significance: Sleeveless by Natasha Stagg

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A former editor at V, Stagg is no stranger to the slippage between life and editorial.

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The Fraught Nature of Belonging: Nathalie Handal’s Life in a Country Album

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Each poem opens a window into cities and vocabularies of exile.

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To Survive the World: Build Yourself a Boat by Camonghne Felix

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She wants us to know the mental and emotional labor is exhausting.

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Exceptional Pain and Power: Lima :: Limón by Natalie Scenters-Zapico

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See how visceral? Before I opened this book, I felt I was already inside it.

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Scientific, Healing Magic: How to Know the Flowers by Jessica Smith

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A poem by Jessica Smith yields the feeling that atoms of meaning vibrate, then come together.

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Both Reckoning and Embrace: Dorianne Laux’s Only As The Day Is Long

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As the book continues, [Laux] traces a growing understanding of loss.

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A Divine Comedy of Experience: Hannah Ensor’s Love Dream with Television

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Art is a fickle running buddy, legacy jumps out unexpectedly, and love is too serious not to joke about.

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Food in Times of Need: Eat Joy edited by Natalie Eve Garrett

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This book begs to be flipped through and read with leisure.

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A Gripping, Limited Call to Arms: Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments

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There are so many happy endings that dystopia and utopia become almost indistinguishable by the novel’s end.

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