This week at Lenny Letter, we can't get enough of Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair and I Had a Nice Time And Other Lies...: How to find love & sh*t like that by the Betches. Find out why in our latest batch of reviews!More
Channeling the voice of Shakespeare's Caliban and the biblical Eve, Safiya Sinclair's Cannibal is a fierce meditation on otherness, exile, and identity. In each poem she dissects what it means to be haunted by history, America, and one's familial past. Poems like "Notes on the State of Virginia, II," "Prayer Book for Vanishing" and "Osteology" are best digested slowly, in order to assure that the beauty and truth of each line is truly understood by its reader. Much like June Jordan and Audre Lorde, Sinclair is a force to be reckoned with. Her stanzas will revive you and leave you transformed.
I'm not in the demographic for a dating book — as the authors of the book I'm about to recommend might say, I'm old as shit and I've been with my fucking husband since I was a baby betch. And yet, I found I Had a Nice Time And Other Lies...: How to find love & sh*t like that by the Betches to be hilarious and delightful. If you're looking for warm, Oprah-ish advice about how to find a soulmate, this book is not for you. If, however, you want advice about how to respect yourself and find a dude you might want to tolerate for the next several decades of your fucking life, this book is a gem. To use a cliche, the Betches tell it like it is: "No one wants to date what you present as a walking humanoid combination of a resume and a credit card statement."