#TPQ5: ALEX DiFRANCESCO

Hall of Waters – Berry Grass

This book is so densely packed with beautiful language and insight that it actually hurt. I could only read a segment at a time.

I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well – James Allen Hall

At turns hilarious and heartbreaking, James moves from poetry to multi-tonal storytelling with the ease of…well, a great poet.

Diary of a Filthy Woman – Noor Hindi

You all are not ready for Noor Hindi to be the Poet Laureate of the world, but I suggest getting ready. Also do not miss her LitHub essay “Against Erasure.”

Garments Against Women – Anne Boyer

You’ve probably heard of her recent critically acclaimed The Undying, but start with these lyric essays and you won’t be disappointed.

Calamities – Renee Gladman

Incidences of the personal and global populate this hybrid work by one of the great thinkers of our time.


Alex DiFrancesco is a multi-genre writer whose books PSYCHOPOMPS and ALL CITY were released in 2019. Their poetry chapbook, BIRD IS THE WORD, is forthcoming.

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