To call Lydia Havens’ first collection of poetry, Survive Like the Water, a tour de force is to acknowledge the driving vehicles behind its sea-soaked words: the body and how water, as both destroyer and caregiver, can drown us, revive us, and render us clean.
My introduction to the powerfully-tender and lovingly-fierce words of Topaz Winters’ poetic oeuvre came about by stumbling upon her self-published chapbook Heaven Or This, which created quite a stir on my Tumblr dashboard. And for very good reason.
If you crave the feeling of intimacy through poetry, you will love the newest publication from Button Poetry co-founder and two-time National Poetry Slam champion Sierra DeMulder. Her fourth book, Today Means Amen, derives its title from the spoken word poem that has received over a hundred thousand views on Button Poetry’s YouTube channel. Each poem invites us into DeMulder’s life in the way one converses with a confidant.
Ever receive a gift so beautiful, so touchingly simple and lovely, that you wind up feeling both a little embarrassed and breathless? This is the feeling you will experience when you get your hands on Anne Carson’s latest book of poetry, Float.