Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish (David Rackoff)
Rackoff's posthumous novel is written entirely in verse, spanning decades and wending its way through sunny southern Californian orange groves and downtown San Francisco at the height of the AIDS crisis.
Oh There You Are I Can't See You Is It Raining? (Laura Broadbent)
Winning the 2012 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, Broadbent's collection takes on language, meaning, and desire, and beautifully shows the very individual struggle for self-definition.
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (Ntozake Shange)
If you've never read Shange's 1976 choreopoem--a play/poem hybrid greater than the sum of its parts--you have to. A collection of twenty stories all built out of different combinations of love, loss, and power, for colored girls is necessary reading.
MxT (Sina Queyras)
MxT, or Memory x Time, is a heartbreaking, heartening chronicle of Queyras's loss and grief. Even in the middle of despair, there's room for restlessness and irreverance, and it's that energy Queyras taps into.