Ordinary Beast by Nicole Sealey

Ordinary Beast

ONE OF PUBLISHERS WEEKLY'S TOP 10 POETRY BOOKS OF FALL 2017NPR'S MOST ANTICIPATED POETRY BOOKS OF 2017A striking, full-length debut collection from Virgin Islands-born poet Nicole SealeyThe existential magnitude, deep intellect, and playful subversion of St. Thomas-born, Florida-raised poet Nicole Sealey’s work is restless in its empathic, succinct examination and lucid awareness of what it means to be human.The ranging scope of inquiry underta...

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TitleOrdinary Beast
Release DateSep 12th, 2017

Reviews Ordinary Beast

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    I requested a review copy of this from Edelweiss before I saw it on NPR's Poetry to Pay Attention To in 2017 list, but they weren't wrong.Nicole Sealy has the ability to embody the pain of others, and empathy and shared anger or sadness fill many of these poems. A great example is Virginia is for Lovers , about the "house in Virginia."I also resonated with "a violence," about the lack of maternal drive among other things (read and listen on Th...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    This book of poems is divided into three sections. I was worried at first that it wasn't going to live up to the hype, but spending more time with it, and particularly the third section, convinced me that it does. Exploring race in America, myth, love and death with both beauty and stark reality.
  • Halley Sutton
    4.5 but I'll round up. Will need to re-read to fully mine all the richness here.
  • Chris Roberts
    Poetry's sole intentis the subjugation of the poet's identityvia commercial forces -publication is self-murder. Poetry suicides itself famously,form will never equal me,unpredictable drop dead dangerously.Verse, State of oxygen deprived poemsreaders condemned to prefabricated versethe IKEA of poetryand who shops there anymore?Nicole Sealey play's God, sentencing poetry readers to a cultural and intellectual suicide.Chris Roberts, God Ascendant
  • Margaryta