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Poetry Book of the Month

Poetry Book of the Month

Blackacre by Monica Youn

Hello poets! The Poetry Book of the Month for June is Blackacre by Monica Youn. Throughout the month I will share poems from this collection and other related articles in our Facebook group. Please feel free to share as well!

JOIN THE DISCUSSION HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/abravespacepoets/

More info about the book can be found here: https://www.graywolfpress.org/books/blackacre

*Winner of the William Carlos Williams Award*
*National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist*
*Included in The New York Times Best Poetry of 2016*
*Named one of The Washington Post's Best Poetry Collections of 2016*

"First coined in 1628, the term “blackacre” is a legal fiction, a hypothetical estate. It is also a password among lawyers marking one’s initiation into a centuries-old tradition of legal indoctrination. Monica Youn’s fascinating, multifaceted new collection, Blackacre, uses the term to suggest landscape, legacy, what is allotted to each of us—a tract of land, a work of art, a heritage, a body, a destiny. What are the limits of the imagination’s ability to transform what is given? On any particular acre, can we plant a garden? Found a city? Unearth a treasure? Build a home? Youn brings her lawyerly intelligence and lyric gifts to bear on questions of fertility and barrenness as she attempts to understand her own desire—her own struggle—to conceive a child. Where the shape-making mind encounters unalterable fact, Blackacre explores new territories of art, meaning, and feeling."