Books

Our Bodies & Other Fine Machines
Poems by Natalie Wee

“In Our Bodies & Other Fine Machines, Natalie Wee asks, “What is it like to be made a person / instead of a stranger’s dim shadow?” and reveals, “my bones are heavy with the weight of never having been seen at all.” It is with just such rigor and grace that Wee demands sight throughout this collection. Illuminating myriad ways queer women of color are silenced, dismissed, and unseen, these pages are alive with determination to be understood. There is an urgency here one cannot escape, expressed entirely in Wee’s own careful and knowing language. More than remarkable, this book is necessary.” – Jeanann Verlee, author of Racing Hummingbirds and Said the Manic to the Muse


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Before the First Kiss
Poems by Ashe Vernon & Trista Mateer

“More poetry has been written about love and specifically, the loss of love than perhaps anything else. This book, in a brutally beautiful way, is what happens when the person you’ve lost, writes back. From London to Texas to Atlanta, from couches to bars to the floor, Ashe Vernon and Trista Mateer have written something together that is not quite a novel, almost a memoir, still a poetry book – and yet entirely something else. A raw, painfully honest and beautiful documentation of the space between two people.” – Iain S. Thomas, author of I Wrote This For You


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No Matter the Time
Poems by Fortesa Latifi

“Latifi has crafted a beautifully tender, eye-opening collection that feels like the most intimate history lesson you’ve ever received. Her understanding of human relationships and the vulnerabilities within them is so sharp, you’ll wish she had written the story of your last great love. Brilliant in concept, No Matter The Time is the kind of book you can read multiple times and find something new and meaningful in it each time.” – Ari Eastman, author of Bloodline & writer at Thought Catalog


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Trying to Be a Person
Poems by Wesley Scott McMasters

“What strikes me most about the poems in Trying to Be a Person is how they’ve found their place in the family of American poetry. Descendants of Dickinson and Whitman—the grandparents of modern poetry—his poems pay homage to family members as diverse, and yet as similar, as Allen Ginsberg and Marshall Mathers. In one poem, I hear the echo of William Carlos Williams, but instead of so much depending upon a red wheelbarrow, it’s a red dress and red sweater falling over a girl’s hips. McMasters says, maybe I’ll learn something, and he does in every poem, using whatever’s around him, taking his readers along. Even though he claims, I don’t look for the divine, he finds it, feet firmly planted in everyday experiences, holding planets in my back pocket.” – Antonio Vallone, Poetry Editor at Pennsylvania English & Publisher at MAMMOTH books


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Crybaby
Poems by Caitlyn Siehl

Caitlyn Siehl’s debut collection, What We Buried, has been loved by thousands of hearts, in her much-anticipated second book, she continues to astound: “God, what gorgeous writing. Like I do with all great books, I kept have to stop and step away every few pages to think about what I’d just read. Crybaby is tender and full of carefully chosen, luxurious language. It’s poem after poem of sensual, wide-eyed desire and a total rejection of shame. There was something I wanted to tattoo or study or steal on every page.” – Clementine von Radics, author of Mouthful of Forevers & founder of Where Are You Press


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Why I’m Not Where You Are
Poems by Brianna Albers

“Brianna Albers knows bodies. She knows their every ebb & flow, their snap/& break. Her poems are luminous with hands, mouths, ears, and the powers they possess when it comes to love and damage. Whether a flock of brides is busy falling to the ground or Eve is writing a letter to Adam, Albers infuses her first collection with moments of magical realism, grace, and influential women dancing in the ruins of their kingdoms. Her ability to pen pieces inspired by literary greats while still maintaining her own unique voice is a gift many would be unlikely to parallel. In the opening poem, Albers writes about a man who has worlds nestled/in the notches of his spine. Why I’m Not Where You Are has whole worlds nestled inside it too.” – Meggie Royer, Writer + Founder & Editor-in-Chief @ Persephone’s Daughters


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When Minerva’s Knees Hit the Ground
Poems by Amanda Oaks

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This collection was created with deep love & respect for Deftones’ music. I chose 22 songs from their catalog & made erasure poems from them. Each of the erasure poems are paired with an original sister poem (including 2 collaboration pieces with Wesley Scott McMasters) & the titles of those sister poems are short lyrics from the songs they are coupled with.


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A Field of Blooming Bruises
Poems by Schuyler Peck

To my first year of recovery, my first impression was wrong, you turned out much sweeter than I thought. To my followers, who inspire me daily with their kindness; for all the friends I haven’t met yet. To my friends, you are every light I’ve ever looked for. To my Tyler, for giving me enough love, I can fill books with it.


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To Break the Heart of the Sun
Poems by William Taylor Jr.

In To Break the Heart of the Sun Taylor invites you over for a few drinks & then takes you out on the gritty streets of San Francisco. You dip into the bars & cafés in the Tenderloin & North Beach, you skirt the sidewalks down Haight, in Chinatown & the Mission, all the while bonding over the people you love, music, poetry, past loves, friendship, your childhoods & dreams. You question life, both the dark & light of it, looking for the truth of it. You laugh & weep with the people you meet along the way, every face some kind of prayer. Taylor teaches you how to dance with your joy while dressed in your sorrow. He has a way of showing you how keep your heart open & closed at the same time so you don’t lose your footing, but if you do, with kind eyes & laughter escaping both your lips, his hand reaches down to help you up.


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Where’d You Put the Keys Girl
Poems by Amanda Oaks

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Tori Amos inspired chapbook: a homage to Tori & her revolutionary art, where a handful of songs were chosen from her first four albums & made into erasure poems & each of the erasure poems have an original sister poem & the title of that sister poem is a short lyric from the song. The collection is sectioned off by album.


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The War on Unicorns
Poems by Brian James Dawson

The War on Unicorns is a series of intriguing and poetic snapshots exploring human life. Consisting of 40 unique pieces, Dawson explores the corruption of humanity, the ironic yet sentimentality of life, and the foundations and breakdowns of relationship. He focuses on the celebration, the expectation, the transition of time and each passing moment that occupies that space. But within that moment lies the clarity and desperation that Dawson communicates, the essence of trying to live a meaningful life by capturing these moments. Ultimately, he is asking us to take a long, hard look at adult life and what it makes us give up and forget.


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The No You Never Listened To
Poems by Meggie Royer

“As fans of her work know, Meggie takes the universal and makes it personal. With The No You Never Listened To, she takes the personal and makes it universal. As a sexual assault survivor, Meggie is well-acquainted with trauma: the aftermath, the guilt, the anger. She has never shied away from taking Hemingway’s advice – write hard and clear about what hurts – and that strength has never been more of an asset than with this body of work. The No You Never Listened To is the book you will wish you’d had when trauma climbed into your bed. It is the book you will give to friends who are dragged from their “before” into a dark and terrifying “after”. And yes, it is the book you will wish didn’t exist.” – Claire Biggs, To Write Love on Her Arms Editor / Writer


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Dowry Meat
Poems by Heather Knox

“Heather Knox’s Dowry Meat is a gorgeous, tough-as-nails debut that arrives on your doorstep hungry and full of dark news. There’s damage here, and obsession, and more haunted beauty in the wreckage of just about everything—relationships, apartment clutter, rough sex, the body, and of course the just-post apocalypse—than you or I could hope to find on our own. These are poems that remind us not that life is hard—that old news—but that down there in the gravel and broken glass is where the truth-worth-hearing lies, and maybe the life worth living. If you were a city, Knox tells us, unflinching as always, I’d… read your graffiti. Drink your tap water./Feel your smog and dirt stick to my sweat… If you were a city, I’d expect to be robbed.” – Jon Loomis

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Poem Your Heart Out
Volume 2

Preorder your copy at a 20% discount until the end of April!

Words Dance Publishing teamed up with Robert Lee Brewer of Writer’s Digest’s Poetic Asides blog to make their Poem-A-Day challenge even more spectacular! This is an invitation to poem your heart out! Participate in April & document your efforts later! 30 prompts, 30 poems selected by 30 fabulous guest judges, part poetry prompt book, part anthology of the best poems written during the 2015 April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge on the Poetic Asides blog, & part workbook, let both, the prompt & poem, inspire you to create your own poetic masterpieces. You’re encouraged heck, dared to write your own poems inside of this book!

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Chloe
Poems by Kristina Haynes

“Chloe is brave and raw, adolescence mixed with salt. These poems are about how hungry we’ve been, how foolish, how lonely. Chloe is not quite girl nor woman, full of awkward bravery. Kristina is an electric voice that pulls Chloe apart page after page, her heartbreaks, her too many drinks, her romantic experiences of pleasure and pain. Chloe and Kristina make a perfect team to form an anthem for girls everywhere, an anthem that reassures us we deserve to take up space. Indeed, when I met Chloe, I too thought, This is the closest I’ve been to anybody in months.” – Meggie Royer

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Literary Sexts Volume 2
A Collection of Short and Sexy Love Poems

This is the highly anticipated second volume of Literary Sexts! After over 1,000 copies of Literary Sexts Volume 1 being sold, we are super-excited to bring you a second volume! Literary Sexts is an annual modern day anthology of short love & sexy poems edited by Amanda Oaks & Caitlyn Siehl. These are poems that you would text to your lover. Poems that you would slip into a back pocket, suitcase, wallet or purse on the sly. Poems that you would write on slips of paper & stick under your crush’s windshield wiper or pillow. Poems that you would write on a Post-it note & leave on the bathroom mirror. Poems that you would whisper into your lover’s ear.
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Belly of the Beast
Poems by Ashe Vernon

Into the Belly of the Beast we crawl with Ashe as our guide; into the dark visceral spaces where love, lust, descent and desire work their transformative magic and we find ourselves utterly altered in the reading. A truly gifted poet and truth-spiller, Ashe’s metaphors create images within images, leading us to question the subjective truths, both shared and hidden, in personal relationship – to the other, and to oneself. Unflinching in their approach, their poetry gives voice to that which most struggle to admit – even if only to themselves. And as such, Belly of the Beast is a work of startling courage and rich depth – a darkly delicious pleasure.
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I Eat Crow + Blue Collar at Best
Poems by Amanda Oaks + Zach Fishel
Split Book #1

Home is where the heart is and both poets’ hearts were raised in the Appalachian region of Western Pennsylvania surrounded by coal mines, sawmills, two-bit hotel taverns, farms, churches and cemeteries. These poems take that region by the throat and shake it until it’s bloody and then, they breathe it back to life. This book is where you go when you’re looking for nostalgia to kick you in the teeth. This is where you go when you’re 200 miles away from a town you thought you’d never want to return to but suddenly you’re pining for it. Amanda and Zach grew up 30 miles from each other and met as adults through poetry. Explore both the male and female perspective of what it’s like to grow up hemmed in by an area’s economic struggle. These poems mine through life, love, longing and death, they’re for home and away, and the inner strength that is not deterred by any of those things.
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Shaking the Trees
Poems by Azra Tabassum

From the very first page Shaking the Trees meets you at the edge of the forest, extends a limb & seduces you into taking a walk through the dark & light of connection. Suddenly, like a gunshot in the very-near distance, you find yourself traipsing though a full-blown love story that you can’t find your way out of because the story is actually the landscape underneath your feet. It’s okay though, you won’t get lost– you won’t go hungry. Azra shakes every tree along the way so their fruit blankets the ground before you. She picks up pieces & hands them to you but not before she shows you how she can love you so gently it will feel like she’s unpeeling you carefully from yourself. She tells you that it isn’t about the bite but the warm juice that slips from the lips down chin. She holds your hand when you’re trudging through the messier parts, shoes getting stuck in the muck of it all, but you’ll keep going with the pulp of the fruit still stuck in-between your teeth, the juice will dry in the crooks of your elbows & in the lines on your palms. You’ll taste bittersweet for days.
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SparkleFat
Poems That Intend To Be Seen
by Melissa May

SparkleFat is a loud, unapologetic, intentional book of poetry about my body, about your body, about fat bodies and how they move through the world in every bit of their flash and spark and burst. Some of the poems are painful, some are raucous celebrations, some are reminders and love letters and quiet gifts back to the vessel that has traveled me so gracefully – some are a hymnal of yes, but all of them sparkle. All of them don’t mind if you look – really. They built their own house of intention, and they draped that shit in lime green sequins. All of them intend to be seen. All of them have no more fucks to give about a world that wants them to be quiet.
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Poem Your Heart Out
Poems, Prompts & Room To Add Your Own

Volume 1

This is an invitation to poem your heart out! Part poetry prompt book, part anthology of the best poems written during the 2014 April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge on the Poetic Asides blog, & part workbook, let both, the prompt & poem, inspire you to create your own poetic masterpieces. Maybe you participated in April & want to document your efforts during the month. Maybe you’re starting now, like so many before you, with just a prompt, an example poem, & an invitation to poem your heart out! You’re encouraged—heck, dared—to write your own poems inside of this book!
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What We Buried
Poetry by Caitlyn Siehl

This book is a cemetery of truths buried alive. The light draws you in where you will find Caitlyn there digging. When you get close enough, she’ll lean in & whisper, Baby, buried things will surface no matter what, get to them before they get to you first. Her unbounded love will propel you to pick up a shovel & help— even though the only thing you want to do is kiss her lips, kiss her hands, kiss every one of her stretch marks & the fire that is raging in pit of her stomach. She’ll see your eyes made of devour & sadness, she’ll hug you & say, Baby, if you eat me alive, I will cut my way out of your stomach. Don’t let this be your funeral. Teach yourself to navigate the wound.
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Literary Sexts
A Collection of Short & Sexy Love Poems

Literary Sexts is a modern day anthology of short love poems with subtle erotic undertones edited by Amanda Oaks & Caitlyn Siehl.

Hovering around 50 contributors & 125 poems, this book reads is like one long & very intense conversation between two lovers. It’s absolutely breathtaking.

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Love and Other Small Wars
Poetry by Donna-Marie Riley

Love and Other Small Wars reminds us that when you come back from combat usually the most fatal of wounds are not visible. Riley’s debut collection is an arsenal of deeply personal poems that embody an intensity that is truly impressive yet their hands are tender. She enlists you. She gives you camouflage & a pair of boots so you can stay the course through the minefield of her heart. You will track the lovely flow of her soft yet fierce voice through a jungle of powerful imagery on womanhood, relationships, family, grief, sexuality & love, amidst other matters. Battles with the heart aren’t easily won but Riley hits every mark. You’ll be relieved that you’re on the same side. Much like war, you’ll come back from this book changed.
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What To Do After She Says No
A Poem by Kris Ryan

Unrequited love? We’ve all been there. Enter: What To Do After She Says No by Kris Ryan. This skillfully designed 10-part poem explores what it’s like to ache for someone. This is the book you buy yourself or a friend when you are going through a breakup or a one-sided crush, it’s the perfect balance between aha, humor & heartbreak.
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No Glass Allowed
Poetry by Tammy Foster Brewer

“When I say I am a poet / I mean my house has many windows” has to be one of the best descriptions of what it’s like to be a contemporary female poet who not only holds down a day job and raises a family, but whose mind and heart regularly file away fleeting images and ideas that might later be woven into something permanent, and perhaps even beautiful.
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PRINT ISSUES

Words Dance in Print
Issues 13-15

If you download the free PDFs & decide that you would like a print copy of any of the issues, we can make that happen! (They make perfect under $20 gifts for the poetry lover in your life!) The issues range from 75-105 full color pages of pure awesome. If you’d like all 3, we’re offering a great deal!
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