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The Poetry Collection

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Build Yourself a Boat

By Camonghne Felix
Narrated by: Camonghne Felix
Length: 1 hours

This is about what grows through the wreckage. This is an anthem of survival and a look at what might come after. A view of what floats and what, ultimately, sustains.

Build Yourself a Boat redefines the language of collective and individual trauma through lyric and memory.

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How Far You Have Come

Musings on Beauty and Courage

By Morgan Harper Nichols
Narrated by: Morgan Harper Nichols
Length: 2 hours 50 minutes

Includes 6 audiobook-exclusive poems!

How Far You Have Come is an exquisite collection of poetry and essays from bestselling artist and writer Morgan Harper Nichols. In the midst of the hurt and the mundane, the questions and the not yets, you can forget just how far you have come. Morgan weaves together personal reflections with her signature...

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Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings

Poems

By Joy Harjo
Narrated by: Joy Harjo
Length: 1 hours 53 minutes

A musical, magical, resilient volume from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States

In these poems, the joys and struggles of the everyday are played against the grinding politics of being human. Beginning in a hotel room in the dark of a distant city, we travel through history and follow the memory of the Trail of Tears from...

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Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head

Poems

By Warsan Shire
Narrated by: Warsan Shire
Length: 1 hours 7 minutes

Poems of migration, womanhood, trauma, and resilience from the celebrated collaborator on Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Black Is King, award-winning Somali British poet Warsan Shire

“The beautifully crafted poems in this collection are fiercely tender gifts.”—Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist

“Shire is the real thing—fresh, cutting, indisputably... Read more »

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Call Us What We Carry

Poems

By Amanda Gorman
Narrated by: Amanda Gorman
Length: 3 hours 31 minutes

The instant #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller


The breakout poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman

Formerly titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, the luminous poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet... Read more »

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Homie

Poems

By Danez Smith
Narrated by: Danez Smith
Length: 1 hours 32 minutes

Homie

“In their third collection, Danez Smith shakes to life the parts of people that have gone to sleep waiting for this time in the world to be over. Those emotions that raise up too much anger or grief — all of them are alive again and seen and spoken for with utmost care and a tremendously welcome sense of humor. Pick this book up and carry it with you everywhere. It can be like a video game heart for you, and who doesn’t need an extra heart?”

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Black Girl, Call Home

By Jasmine Mans
Narrated by: Jasmine Mans
Length: 1 hours 50 minutes

Black Girl, Call Home

“This collection. Have you ever closed a book and suddenly felt that all that you are, all that you've seen has somehow been made tangible through another's voice? Have you ever felt called in to let go, to be heard, and to be seen? That is what Mans has done here. I will forever hold onto the beautiful ways in which Jasmine pulls apart and gives life to the tiny variables which contribute to the formulation of one's blackness, queerness, and womanhood. ”

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The Fire Next Time

By James Baldwin
Narrated by: Jesse Martin
Length: 2 hours 25 minutes

At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with his eloquent manifesto. The Fire Next Time stands as one of the essential works of our...

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The Fire This Time

A New Generation Speaks about Race

By Jesmyn Ward
Narrated by: Cherise Boothe, Michael Early, Kevin R. Free, Korey Jackson & Susan Spain
Length: 5 hours 36 minutes

National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her generation and our time. In light of recent tragedies and widespread protests across the nation, The... Read more »

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Nikki Giovanni: Love Poems & A Good Cry

What We Learn From Tears and Laughter

By Nikki Giovanni
Narrated by: Nikki Giovanni
Length: 2 hours 42 minutes

The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements, turned hearts and informed generations. She’s been hailed as a firebrand, a radical, a healer, and a sage; a wise and courageous voice who has spoken out on the sensitive issues, including race and gender, that touch our national consciousness.

 

Love Poems: Nikki reads a stunning collection of...

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The Sun and Her Flowers

By Rupi Kaur
Narrated by: Rupi Kaur
Length: 2 hours 6 minutes

Rupi Kaur performs the first-ever recording of the sun and her flowers, her second #1 New York Times bestselling collection of poetry and prose. This production was recorded in 2021 along with the brand-new audio edition of milk and honey and the debut audio recording of home body.

Divided into five chapters, this volume is a journey through the... Read more »

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Where Things Touch

A Meditation on Beauty

By Bahar Orang
Narrated by: Rogin Rashidan
Length: 1 hours 48 minutes

Part lyric essay, part prose poetry, Where Things Touch grapples with the manifold meanings and possibilities of beauty.

Drawing on her experiences as a physician-in-training, Orang considers clinical encounters and how they relate to the concept and very idea of beauty. Such considerations lead her to questions about intimacy, queerness,...

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Inward

By Yung Pueblo
Narrated by: Yung Pueblo
Length: 1 hours 17 minutes

true poweris livingthe realizationthat you are your ownhealer, hero, and leader

Inward is a collection of poetry, quotes, and prose that explores the movement from self love to unconditional love, the power of letting go, and the wisdom that comes when we truly try to know ourselves. It serves as a reminder to the listener that healing,...

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Dark Sons

By Nikki Grimes
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Length: 1 hours 38 minutes

“Both lyrical and powerful, Grimes’ unusual novel is mediation on faith and father-son relationships … Grimes’ commanding metaphors, authoritative style and complex characterizations are uniquely compelling.”—Publisher’s Weekly, starred review“The elemental connections and the hope (“You made it / in the end / and so will I’) will speak to a... Read more »

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My Baby First Birthday

By Jenny Zhang
Narrated by: Jenny Zhang
Length: 2 hours 32 minutes

Radiant and tender, My Baby First Birthday is a collection that examines innocence, asking us who gets to be loved and who has to deplete themselves just to survive. It's about existence and nonexistence, about being born—without consent. Jenny Zhang writes about accepting pain, about the way we fetishize womanhood and motherhood, and reduce... Read more »

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Rumi's Little Book of Life

The Garden of the Soul, the Heart, and the Spirit

By Rumi, Maryam Mafi (Translator) & Azima Melita Kolin (Translator)
Narrated by: Natasha Soudek
Length: 2 hours 25 minutes

From Madonna to Deepak Chopra, celebrities have been recording and embracing Rumi's poetry for the past two decades, creating a resurgence of interest in this 13th century Sufi mystic. This beautiful collection of 196 of his poems, previously unavailable in English and now translated by native Persian speakers Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita Kolin,...

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Don't Call Us Dead

Poems

By Danez Smith
Narrated by: Danez Smith
Length: 1 hours 14 minutes

Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry

Winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection

Award-winning poet Danez Smith is a groundbreaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects, and performative power. Don't Call Us Dead opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place... Read more »

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How Did This Happen?

Poems for the Not So Young Anymore

By Mary D. Esselman & Elizabeth Ash Vélez
Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Karissa Vacker, Erin Bennett & Dan Woren
Length: 3 hours 24 minutes

From the bestselling authors of The Hell with Love, a fierce, funny, touching collection that takes the sting out of "aging while female." Read more »

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And Still I Rise

A Book of Poems

By Maya Angelou
Narrated by: Maya Angelou
Length: 22 minutes

Maya Angelou’s unforgettable collection of poetry lends its name to the documentary film about her life, And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS’s American Masters.
 
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my... Read more »

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Finna

Poems

By Nate Marshall
Narrated by: Nate Marshall
Length: 1 hours 35 minutes

Sharp, lyrical poems celebrating the Black vernacular—its influence on pop culture, its necessity for familial survival, its rite in storytelling and in creating the safety found only within its intimacy

“Terrific . . . illuminates life in this country in a strikingly original way.”—Ron Charles, The Washington Post

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF... Read more »

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