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 undertaken in Ordinary Beast—at times philosophical, emotional, and experiential—is evident in each thrilling twist of image by the poet. In brilliant, often ironic lines that move from meditation to matter of fact in a single beat, Sealey’s voice is always awake to the natural world, to the pain and punishment of existence, to the origins and demises of humanity. Exploring notions of race, sexuality, gender, myth, history, and embodiment with profound understanding, Sealey’s is a poetry that refuses to turn a blind eye or deny. It is a poetry of daunting knowledge. 

Ordinary Beast Details

TitleOrdinary Beast
Author
ReleaseSep 12th, 2017
PublisherEcco
ISBN-139780062688828
Rating
GenrePoetry

Ordinary Beast Review

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    January 1, 1970
    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 The New Yorker); and felt the emotions behind "hyste 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 The New Yorker); and felt the emotions behind "hysterical strength," about how much strength people of color, specifically black people, must have just to exist. From the wordplay perspective, I also really loved "and" with all the words that have "and" inside of them. Thanks to the publisher through Edelweiss. This comes out in September!
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  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Halley Sutton
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 but I'll round up. Will need to re-read to fully mine all the richness here.
  • Chris Roberts
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Margaryta
    January 1, 1970
    REVIEW FORTHCOMING
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