Ordinary Beast by Nicole Sealey

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A striking, full-length debut collection from Virgin Islands-born poet Nicole Sealey

The 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 awareness of what it means to be human.

The ranging scope of inquiry undertaken in Ordinary Beast—at times philosophical, emotional, and experiential—is evident in each thrilling twist of image by the poet. In brilliant, often ironic lines that move from meditation to matter of fact in a single beat, Sealey’s voice is always awake to the natural world, to the pain and punishment of existence, to the origins and demises of humanity. Exploring notions of race, sexuality, gender, myth, history, and embodiment with profound understanding, Sealey’s is a poetry that refuses to turn a blind eye or deny. It is a poetry of daunting knowledge. 

Title : Ordinary Beast
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ISBN : 0062688820
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 80 pages


Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★☆

August 27, 2017

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 f...

Jerrie (redwritinghood) rated it ★★★★☆

September 15, 2017

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....

Halley rated it ★★★★★

September 23, 2017

4.5 but I'll round up. Will need to re-read to fully mine all the richness here.

Chris rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 14, 2017

Poetry's sole intent is the subjugation of the poet's identity via commercial forces - publication is self-murder. Poetry suicides itself famously, form will never equal me, unpredictable drop dead dangerously. Verse, State of oxygen deprived poems readers condemned to prefabricated verse the IKEA of poe...

Jessica rated it ★★★★☆

October 18, 2017

Favorite poems: “hysterical strength” and “the first person who will live to be 150 years old has already been born” Great poems that pack a lot of punch and make use of their space.

James rated it ★★★★★

October 18, 2017


Margaryta rated it ★★★★☆

July 31, 2017


Leigh rated it ★★★★☆

October 18, 2017

Ordinary Beast:Poems is a really great collection by a very talented, poetic visionary. I know that sounds like a semi- pretentious way to describe a book of poetry, but Nicole Sealey really made me think in a way I haven't in a while. While the poems in their entirety are great, it's how many ti...

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