Michael Lee-The Only Worlds We Know

The hardest part about poetry is that so many great poems come from loss.  Michael Lee’s poetry is often haunted by a great sense of loss, and his ruminations on memory, death, and recovery are often difficult to process, as they are so loaded with weight.  In his first full-length collection The Only Worlds We Know,  Lee memorializes those he’s lost in one of the most emotional collections in recent memory. Continue reading

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Andrea Gibson-Hey Galaxy

            I didn’t really like Andrea Gibson’s Hey Galaxy on first listen, because it didn’t seem like an album that was meant for me.  Gibson is one of the most famous performance poets in the world, and they’ve written a number of books and albums that are leagues more popular than other spoken word artists.  Gibson tackles a number of women’s and queer issues in their work, which is why it hadn’t really impacted me, but upon listening to this album again and again, I realized that this is an album that is just as much to inform cis, straight men as it is to give voice to the community Gibson comes from. Continue reading