There are two brief reviews today, both books of poetry, both very suitable for serving as inspiration, illumination, evocation this weekend, or otherwise.
First: This Glittering Republic by Quenton Baker. Charged and driven by the harsh and enduring realities of race, inequality, and identity, Baker's voice and persona is one of utmost will. There is an independence, a brightness, that illuminates in these words, a tear across the page knowing the brutality and societal failing at this book's thematic core. Released in 2016 by Willow Books.
Second: Inherit by Ginger Ko. Upturning and unrelenting, this book captures many essences in a single space, and does so without withstanding, withholding, or covering. It is a book of revelation as it is a book of invitation: Ko brings the reader into the challenging, brute truth. Despite its difficulties and rigid clarity, this book and its poems follows Ko's trajectory through precision, persistence, and power. Released in 2017 by Sidebrow Books.