Father's Day is just around the corner, so we've put together a list of the best BOA books for the occasion. Whether you're celebrating, remembering, or becoming a father, these books are perfect poetry companions, and make great gifts for the men in your life. Happy Father's Day! Transfer Naomi Shihab Nye Naomi Shihab Nye’s Transfer is called the “best work this much-honored poet has produced to date.” Dealing heavily with the difficult loss of her father, Nye's collection is a process of finding dialogue with him even after his death. “The whole book is a eulogy to the man,” says American Book Review. Nye, one of Robert Bly’s confessed “favorite poets of all time,” draws on her Palestinian-American heritage, recalling her father's experiences being expelled from his Jerusalem home in 1948, and his “endless stubborn hope” for peace among Palestinians and Israelis “living, somehow, together…." According to William Stafford, Nye is a “champion of the literature of encouragement and heart. Reading her work enhances life.” To Keep Love Blurry Craig Morgan Teicher The Rumpus calls this collection “refreshingly human.” Inspired by Robert Lowell’s Life Studies, Craig Morgan Teicher’s To Keep Love Blurry is an exploration of the charged and troubled spaces between intimately connected people: husbands and wives, parents and children, writers and readers. According to Publishers Weekly, “The book risks most everything poetry can risk: family, reputation, legacy, privacy.” As a son becomes a husband and then a father, Teicher expertly probes a life recast as poetry, with poems that long to leap into the lives of their subjects. Revising the Storm Geffrey Davis This debut collection by Cave Canem fellow Geffrey Davis burrows under the surface of gender, addiction, recovery, clumsy love, bitterness, and faith. The tones explored—tender, comic, wry, tragic—interrogate male subjectivity and privilege, as they examine their “embarrassed desires” for familial connection, sexual love, compassion, and repair. Revising the Storm speaks to the sons and daughters affected by the drug/crack epidemic of the ’80s and addresses issues of masculinity and its importance in family. For more on these and other BOA titles, visit the BOA Bookstore.
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