7 Books Published by Four Way on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

Click for more detail about Malawi’s Sister by Melanie S. Hatter Malawi’s Sister

by Melanie S. Hatter
Four Way (Mar 15, 2019)
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Hatter’s artful, moving novel looks closely at the murder of a young black woman and her family’s devastation. Old?and new?questions about race and civil rights in 21st Century America arise alongside the unfolding story of Malawi and those who live in the wake of her loss.


Click for more detail about Starshine & Clay by Kamilah Aisha Moon Starshine & Clay

by Kamilah Aisha Moon
Four Way (Sep 05, 2017)
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“There are strong social justice themes related to the body throughout the book, and personas attempting to recover from different forms of betrayal. I’m going to some hard places, hence the title of homage to one of the best to ever write about difficult things with grace and power, Lucille Clifton.” –Kamilah Aisha Moon

“These are poems of elegy, justice, citizenship, and something altogether unearthly. Moon writes with wisdom, rage and grace of the slain, the stolen and the conquered. These are poems with the force to wake those of us 'standing in line waiting as if life is business as usual.' I find myself utterly ravaged and unreservedly restored.” –Tracy K. Smith

“Kamilah Aisha Moon’s unrelenting and gorgeous Starshine & Clay shows exactly why she is the poet we need in tough times like now. She is a fearless writer, one who finds unexpected music in our contemporary terrarium of violence. With persistent grace, Moon balances sensitivity to the world with enough fortitude to stare our cruel, collective histories in the face. These poems are testaments to lives lived and taken unjustly.These poems are full of the truths we don’t want to admit to—that brutality and suffering go beyond geography and race. That violence is more than a human episode. It’s the foundation for the way we unsee each other, whether in America, Nigeria, or what is now the Czech Republic. This is a poet who tells it like it is, but with a deftness of image & the kind of stunning wit that can make the most difficult moments visceral and rewarding.” –Adrian Matejka

We are making our lives up “here on this bridge / between starshine and clay” (Lucille Clifton). Addressing tough circumstances tenderly, this book is about life—what we inherit, what we create, what shapes us, what’s possible.


Click for more detail about Bastards of the Reagan Era by Dwayne Betts Bastards of the Reagan Era

by Dwayne Betts
Four Way (Sep 29, 2015)
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Bastards of the Reagan Era is a challenge, confronting realities that frame an America often made invisible. Within these poems, we see the city as distant lover, we hear the sound that comes from all / the hurt & want that leads a man to turn his back to the world. We see that and we see each reason why we return to what pains us.


Click for more detail about Lighting the Shadow by Rachel Eliza Griffiths Lighting the Shadow

by Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Four Way (Apr 07, 2015)
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Lighting the Shadow is about a woman’s evolving journey through desire, grief, trauma, and the peculiar historical American psyche of desire and violence. These poems explore the international and psychological wars women survive wars inflicted through various mediums that employ art, race, and literature. Furthermore, the collection is about a woman’s transformation and acceptance of her complicated attempts to balance her spirit’s own spectrum. Pulling the poet away from death, these poems insist that she open her life to her own powers and the powers of a greater world a world that is both bright and dark.


Click for more detail about Digest (Stahlecker Selections) by Gregory Pardlo Digest (Stahlecker Selections)

by Gregory Pardlo
Four Way (Oct 07, 2014)
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From Epicurus to Sam Cooke, the Daily News to Roots, Digest draws from the present and the past to form an intellectual, American identity. In poems that forge their own styles and strategies, we experience dialogues between the written word and other art forms. Within this dialogue we hear Ben Jonson, we meet police K-9s, and we find children negotiating a sense of the world through a father’s eyes and through their own.


Click for more detail about She Has A Name (Stahlecker Selections) by Kamilah Aisha Moon She Has A Name (Stahlecker Selections)

by Kamilah Aisha Moon
Four Way (Oct 01, 2013)
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With unrelenting yet tender honesty, She Has a Name tells the story of a young woman with autism from multiple points of view. The speakers in these poems—sisters, mother, father, teacher—seek to answer questions science can’t yet answer, seek to protect the young woman, and seek to understand what autism means to their own lives as well.


Click for more detail about Hemming the Water (Stahlecker Selections) by Yona Harvey Hemming the Water (Stahlecker Selections)

by Yona Harvey
Four Way (Apr 09, 2013)
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Channeling the collection’s muse, jazz composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams, Hemming the Water speaks to the futility of trying to mend or straighten a life that is constantly changing. Here the spiritual and the secular comingle in a “Fierce fragmentation, lonely tune.” Harvey inhabits, challenges, and explores the many facets of the female self—as daughter, mother, sister, wife, and artist. Every page is rich with Harvey’s rapturous music.