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A Fantastic Communion: Renaissance Normcore by Adèle Barclay

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Salt—the speaker’s only remains, after she dives into the ocean and sets herself free of the past.

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Trauma as Inheritance: Adam P. Frankel’s The Survivors

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The survivor is left to ponder whom he has become.

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Quiet, Radical Defiance: The Equivalents by Maggie Doherty

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Education, work, study: these were not simply a means to an end.

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Mothers and Daughters: Girl by Veronica Golos

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Bodies become something to escape from or leave behind.

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Lingering on Darkness: Sleepovers by Ashleigh Bryant Phillips

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When Ashleigh Bryant Phillips lets loose, she can shock.

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Let Our Rage Become a Storm: Kelly Grace Thomas’s Boat Burned

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In this collection, women are “vesseled,” carrying the burdens of our culture.

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When Background Becomes Foreground: Charles Yu’s Interior Chinatown

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Chinatown comes to vivid life in Yu’s hands.

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Constant Motion: Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

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More than a longing for an origin story, Hernandez Castillo’s memoir is an attempt to bring the invisible to light.

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Tech Is Boring: Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

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Luckily, Wiener offers us more than eloquent masochism.

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The Poem Must Forgive: E. J. Koh’s The Magical Language of Others

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Empathy and forgiveness must begin with understanding.

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How to Write about Nothing: Kate Zambreno’s Drifts

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But the evasion is purposeful, and the purpose is to marvelous effect.

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The Joypain of Parenting: Lydia Kiesling’s The Golden State

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This is both the exercise and exorcism of motherhood.

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Inhabitation and Invocation: Candice Wuehle’s Death Industrial Complex

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The speaker must believe in transience, in shapeshifting without permission.

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Queer Logic: Females and My Autobiography of Carson McCullers

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“Everyone is female, and everyone hates it.” A provocation. An invitation.

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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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