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

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    I requested a review copy of this from Edelweiss before I saw it on NPR's Poetry to Pay Attention To in 2017 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 Virginia is for ...
  • 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. ...
  • Peycho Kanev
    medical historyI’ve been pregnant. I’ve had sex with a manwho’s had sex with men. I can’t sleep.My mother has, my mother’s mother had,asthma. My father had a stroke. My father’smother has high blood pressure.Both grandfathers died from diabetes.I drink. I don’t smo...
  • Jenna
    ”O, / how I’ll miss you when we’re dead." -Nicole Sealey, from “Object Permanence"Though her poetry previously appeared in The New Yorker and New York Times and her chapbook The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named was published in 2015, Ordinary Beast (2017) is Nicole Seale...
  • Andrea
    There are many great lines and poems in this, but one jumped out at me that I wish I could steal for myself. "You look just like your mother," he says, "who looks just like a fire of suspicious origin." Goddamn. ...
  • Shivanee Ramlochan
    Upon finishing Ordinary Beast, I switched off the lights in my room, lay down in the dark, and let Sealey continue to speak into me. How rarely have I seen such finessing and engineering of form used to *connect*, in poems, rather than to hold at bay. I prize that. ...
  • Vivian
    The perils of expectations.I'm not going to rate this book for the simple reason that I went into it with assumptions that turned out to be erroneous. I thought this was a book written by an author from the US Virgin Islands, and I was excited--thrilled. Born, not raised in the islands; they were re...
  • Larry H
    3.5 stars.Though we're not so self-important as to think everythinghas led to this, everything has led to this.There's a name for the animallove makes of us—named, I think,like rain, for the sound it makes.Continuing my foray into contemporary poetry, I recently picked up Ordinary Beast , a ne...
  • Didi
    Wow! Just Wow! This collection has left me blown away. She is brilliant with words. Go check Nicole Sealy out on LIT YouTube channel where she was interviewed by Yahdon. Wonderful!...

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