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Ordinary Beast: Poems

byNicole Sealey

Hardcover | September 12, 2017

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ONE OF PUBLISHERS WEEKLY'S TOP 10 POETRY BOOKS OF FALL 2017

NPR'S MOST ANTICIPATED POETRY BOOKS OF 2017

A striking, full-length debut collection from Virgin Islands-born poet Nicole Sealey

The 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. 

Born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and raised in Apopka, Florida, Nicole Sealey is the author of The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors include an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, a Daniel Var...
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Title:Ordinary Beast: PoemsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:80 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.47 inPublished:September 12, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062688804

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“Sealey’s astute and searing verses revel in the tragedy and wonder of the black experience in the U.S. . . This virtuosic collection belongs beside Claudia Rankine’s Citizen (2014), Safiya Sinclair’s Cannibal (2016), and Samiya Bashir’s Field Theories (2017).”