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 aw...

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Ordinary Beast Reviews

  • Michelle Despres

    Some lovely lines and incredible word play. (Is it ok to call it that?) And I learned about the obverse form.

  • Margaryta

    REVIEW FORTHCOMING

  • Chris Roberts

    Poetry's sole intent

    is the subjugation of the poet's identity

    via commercial forces -

    publication is self-murder.

    Poetry suicides itself famously,

    form will never equal me,

    unpredictable drop dead dangerously.

    Verse, State of

    oxygen deprived poems

    readers condemned to prefabricated verse

    the IKEA of poetry

    and who shops there anymore?

    Nicole Sealey play's God, sentencing poetry readers to a cultural and intellectual suicide.

    Chris Roberts, God Ascendant

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I requested a review copy of this from Edelweiss before I saw it on NPR's

    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

    , about the "house in Virginia."

    I also resonated with "a violence," about the lack of maternal drive among other things (read and listen on

    ); and felt the emotions behind "hyste

    I requested a review copy of this from Edelweiss before I saw it on NPR's

    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

    , about the "house in Virginia."

    I also resonated with "a violence," about the lack of maternal drive among other things (read and listen on

    ); 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.

  • 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.

  • James

    4.5

  • Jessica

    Favorite poems: “hysterical strength” and “the first person who will live to be 150 years old has already been born”

    Great poems that pack a lot of punch and make use of their space.

  • Leigh

    Ordinary Beast:Poems is a really great collection by a very talented, poetic visionary. I know that sounds like a semi- pretentious way to describe a book of poetry, but Nicole Sealey really made me think in a way I haven't in a while. While the poems in their entirety are great, it's how many times I found single lines at a time that said so much and made me want to commit them to memory that made me fall in love. I've had this book just a couple hours and it's already dog earred.

    Favorites:

    Med

    Ordinary Beast:Poems is a really great collection by a very talented, poetic visionary. I know that sounds like a semi- pretentious way to describe a book of poetry, but Nicole Sealey really made me think in a way I haven't in a while. While the poems in their entirety are great, it's how many times I found single lines at a time that said so much and made me want to commit them to memory that made me fall in love. I've had this book just a couple hours and it's already dog earred.

    Favorites:

    Medical History

    Hysterical strength

    the first person....has already been born

    in defense of "candelabra with heads"

  • Leah Francis

    poetry collections are hard to rate bc do you rate based on your favorites, or the average of each poem? anyway

    this was beautiful and light. it felt good to read aloud.

    favorites:

    in igboland

    virginia is for lovers

    imagine sisyphus happy

    object permance

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