Equal parts anthology, workbook, essay, collage, archive, and lyric, Briante’s living document sets the poet’s work of witness in the midst of our current entangled crises of borders, belonging, trauma, nationhood, empathy, and imagination.

 Claudia Rankine

 

The human struggle lays itself bare as the speaker in Nicholas Wong’s extraordinary collection, Besiege Me, reveals. The body is a site of longing, love, wounds, and powerful intimacy. 

Tina Chang

 

Cynthia Arrieu-King’s The Betweens is an honest racial reckoning, meaning it is not at all straightforward, meaning it moves beyond the black and white dichotomy—which, of course, is itself not at all straightforward—to guide the reader, via resonant prose that perfectly compliments the indelible content, toward a more complete understanding of race in America.

— Shane McCrae

 

 

 

“There are only two genders: depressed and correct”—so declares this astonishing, often funny, politically bold, and very moving book about movement, much of it on the titular bus.

–Chen Chen