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BKLYN BookMatch: Poetry Read-a-Likes for Jose Olivarez / Safia Elhillo / Rupi Kaur & Elizabeth Acevedo

For readers looking for poetry by authors similar to Jose Olivarez, Safia Elhillo, Rupi Kaur and Elizabeth Acevedo. This list was created by a librarian with the Brooklyn Public Library for a reader. Would you like your own personalized list of reading suggestions? Visit BKLYN BookMatch here:

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Postcolonial Love Poem : Poems

Diaz, Natalie |

An anthem of desire against erasure. Natalie Diaz's brilliant second collection demands that every body carried in its pages--bodies of language, land, rivers, suffering brothers, enemies, and lovers--be touched and held as beloveds. Through these poems, the wounds inflicted by America onto an indigenous people are allowed to bloom pleasure and tenderness.

The princess saves herself in this one

Lovelace, Amanda, author. | PRINTED MATL

A poetry collection in four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. The first three sections piece together the life of the author while the final section serves as a note to the reader. This moving book explores love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, and inspiration.

How to Cure a Ghost

R?is?n, Fariha/ Ramos, Monica (ILT) |

Róisín's debut collection of poetry fearlessly illuminates her experiences as a young, queer, Muslim femme navigating the vibrant, intimate joys and paralyzing obstacles of her intersectionality. She writes fearlessly about the pain and strength required to reach the ever-elusive idea of self-acceptance

Bodega : poems

Hwang, Su, author. |

Against the backdrop of the war on drugs and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, a Korean girl comes of age in her parents' bodega in the Queensbridge projects, offering a singular perspective on our nation of immigrants and the tensions pulsing in the margins where they live and work.

Ink Knows No Borders : Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience

Vecchione, Patrice (EDT)/ Raymond, Alyssa (EDT) |

This collection of poems addresses the many issues confronting first- and second- generation young adult immigrants and refugees, such as cultural and language differences, homesickness, social exclusion, human rights, racism, stereotyping, and questions of identity. Poems by Elizabeth Acevedo, Erika L. Sánchez, Samira Ahmed, Chen Chen, Ocean Vuong, Fatimah Asghar, Carlos Andrés Gómez, Bao Phi, Kaveh Akbar, Hala Alyan, and Ada Limón, among others, encourage readers to honor their roots as well as explore new paths, offering empathy and hope for those who are struggling to overcome discrimination.