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What if there were an army of indie booksellers enthusiastically reading and reviewing practically every new book coming out in the next year, and what if the books they were the most excited about, the books they couldn't wait to push into their customers' hands with a breathless "You've GOT to read this!" (virtually or otherwise), the ones with all the nine- and ten-star ratings were carefully curated and collected in a handy list? Well, all we can say is...KEEP READING!

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This book-length poem invites us to look and look again at the world we inhabit and the people we often choose not to see.

The Descent of Alette reinvents the epic through its use of quotation marks to create a new poetic “foot,” inviting the reader to linger over each phrase or read through the divisions, drawing attention to similar choices in our daily lives.

A compelling narrative unfolds within this dynamic form of a woman moving through an underground world to confront a Tyrant who rules from a daylight realm.

The voices of the wounded, the homeless, the forgotten, those who blur the stark lines of light and shadow, all are present in this journey of transformation.

The Descent of Alette by Alice Notley (Penguin) Recommended by Heather at Quail Ridge Books Raleigh NC