Book List

Below are books I’ve read as well as books “to-read.” My poetry list is first here, as this is a poetry blog, but non-fiction (see following pages) has been the biggest inspiration in my writing.


Abraham, Adam Everett, ed. Sun Ra: Collected Works Vol. 1 – Immeasurable Equation

Anzaldúa, Gloria. Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza

Asante, M.K. Jr. Beautiful. And Ugly Too

Asante, M.K. Jr. Like Water Running off My Back

Brooks, Gwendolyn. Annie Allen

Brooks, Gwendolyn. The Bean Eaters

Daley-Ward, Yrsa. Bone

Kaur, Rupi. Milk and Honey

Lorde, Audre. The Black Unicorn

Paz, Octavio. A Tree Within

Philip, NourbeSe M. Zong!

Randall, Dudley, ed. The Black Poets

Rankine, Claudia. Citizen: An American Lyric

Rankine, Claudia. Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric

Rumi, Jalal al-Din, Dudley, ed. The Love Poems of Rumi. (Trans. Deepak Chopra)

Smith, Mark Kelly with Joe Kraynak. Take the Mic: The Art of Performance Poetry, Slam, and Spoken Word

Swenson, Cole, ed. Best American Experimental Writing (2014)

Waheed, Nayyirah. Nejma

Waheed, Nayyirah. Salt.