Book Reviews

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  • Big Gorgeous Jazz Machine

    Big Gorgeous Jazz Machine

    By Nick Francis Potter

    I recently discovered the pendulum wave. Much like Newton’s famous cradle, the pendulum wave involves...

  • Vapor


    By Sara Eliza Johnson

    Reading Sara Eliza Johnson’s second collection of poetry, Vapor, evokes a feeling similar to lying...

  • A Minor Chorus

    A Minor Chorus

    By Billy-Ray Belcourt

    One of very few things that can be safely said about fiction is that stories...

  • I|I


    By Katherine Indermaur

    Katherine Indermaur’s I|I, winner of the 2022 Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize, is a...

  • Almost Obscene

    Almost Obscene

    By Raúl Gómez Jattin (translated by Katherine M. Hedeen and Olivia Lott)

    “I WAS LIKE WEED but they didn’t smoke me” This is the opening poem from...

  • Curing Season: Artifacts

    Curing Season: Artifacts

    By Kristine Langley Mahler

    Kristine Langley Mahler bookends her debut essay collection, Curing Season: Artifacts, with images of her...

  • A Thousand Curves

    A Thousand Curves

    By Paul Nemser

    A man of a certain age greets the morning and considers ruefully the passing of...

  • Mongolian Horse

    Mongolian Horse

    By David E Yee

    It is easy to see how the stories forming David E. Yee’s debut collection, Mongolian...

  • Blessing the Exoskeleton

    Blessing the Exoskeleton

    By Andrew Hemmert

    Part individual plea, part millennial manifesto, Andrew Hemmert’s Blessing the Exoskeleton combines displacement, homesickness, and...

  • A Single Rose

    A Single Rose

    By Muriel Barbery

    Muriel Barbery’s A Single Rose follows a French botanist’s emotional tour through the Zen gardens...

  • Y/N


    By Esther Yi

    Hope may be the thing with feathers, but according to Søren Kierkegaard, it can fly...

  • The New Gods

    The New Gods

    By William O'Daly

    William O’Daly is known as one of the preeminent translators of the poetry of Pablo...

  • Raven's Echo

    Raven’s Echo

    By Robert David Hoffman

    The pleasure of writing a book review is, for me, found in the deeper level...

  • The Face of the Quartzes

    The Face of the Quartzes

    By Chus Pato (translated by Erín Moure)

    The poems in Chus Pato’s The Face of the Quartzes, as translated from Galician into...

  • The Symmetry of Fish

    The Symmetry of Fish

    By Su Cho

    In Su Cho’s moving debut, The Symmetry of Fish, language, culture, and family form a...

  • Figment


    By Leila Chatti

    “I saw you shadow of / a shadow / maybe I thought / I made...

  • Book of the Cold

    Book of the Cold

    By Antonio Gamoneda (translated by Katherine M. Hedeen and Víctor Rodríguez Núñez)

    Given the social unrest that has occurred over the past few years, it seems, at...

  • Bloomer


    By Jessica Hincapie

    How does a poet write down their journey of personal maturity in rendered honesty? That’s...