Out this week: The Collected Poems of Robert Bly; Petty Theft by Nicholas Friedman; The Complete Poems of A.R. Ammons: Volume 1; and The Best American Magazine Writing 2018. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.
This essay by Mensah Demary for Electric Literature on Nas and the literary legitimacy of hip-hop is the best thing you’ll read this morning. “Nas is a world-class storyteller and practitioner of the narrative form,” Demary writes, “I don’t understand why there isn’t more discussion around hip-hop’s literary value among today’s millennial-and-boomer intelligentsia.”