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Good Boys: Poems

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In an era of rising nationalism and geopolitical instability, Megan Fernandess Good Boys offers a complex portrait of messy feminist rage, negotiations with race and travel, and existential dread in the Anthropocene. The collection follows a restless, nervy, cosmically abandoned speaker failing at the aspirational markers of adulthood as she flips from city to city, from ...more
Paperback, 126 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Tin House Books
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
In these poems, Megan Fernandes confronts the inconsistencies and mixed messages of living both inside and outside of your given identity (female, Indian diaspora, poet) - sometimes with sarcasm, irony, and humor. My favorite is probably "In California, Everything Already Looks Like the Afterlife."

Out from Tin House on February 18th, I had an early copy from the publisher through Edelweiss.
Drew
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic collection. Fernandes writes with terrific incision, capturing so many aspects of what it means to be alive in the 21st Century -- not because of technology or anything like that, but because of life itself. There is wit and charm and pathos and sadness in these poems and I devoured them in two sittings.
Ari
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
[A copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review]

This was a slow burn of falling in love with the mastery with which these poems are looped together. The content spanned a wild range, dipping into and across personal identities and society's reactions to them. What really gripped me was the effortless way in which the words navigated around these subjects, dancing over heavy content in a way that felt weightless but left me breathless.
Jessicarr
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Nukemap.com remains my favorite of her poems, but every PoemPageLineWordBreak hits me in my guts. Read this book, and give it to everyone you know whether theyre a white person who wants to tell everyone they grew up poor or if youve had to hear that too many times to count ...more
Malik
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Superbly unique, honest & most importantly precise.
Mo
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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ARC given by NetGalley for Honest Review

"Good Boys" by Megan Fernandes is an incredibly well written collection of poems and prose about life as a person of color, someone who is mentally ill, and someone just trying to navigate the trials of living. I was impressed by the richness and fullness of each poem, each one colorful and successful in painting a picture for the reader. This is the kind of poetry I personally aspire to write and also enjoy reading. I have already put in an order for my
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