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  • adjacent islands

    adjacent islands

    By Nicole Cecelia Delgado (translated by Urayoán Noel)

    In Nicole Cecilia Delgado’s elegant, bilingual collection adjacent islands, readers discover a minimalist world where...

  • Pink Noise

    Pink Noise

    By Kevin Holden

    Midway through Pink Noise, Kevin Holden’s second full-length collection, there appears what one might take...

  • Raw Anyone

    Raw Anyone

    By Alex Mattraw

    Write the word “Dear” and what comes next? An epistle suggests a located life, a...

  • The Plague Doctor

    The Plague Doctor

    By James C. Morehead

    You might be in the mood for a crystal-clear lyric, perhaps, or your lethargy demands...

  • Rocks & More Rocks

    Rocks & More Rocks

    By Stephen Ratcliffe

    About fifteen years ago, I wrote a review for Stephen Ratcliffe’s book of poetry REAL,...

  • What Small Sound

    What Small Sound

    By Francesca Bell

    “I’m here to bear witness to this deafness / that expands imperceptibly,” writes Francesca Bell...

  • Places We Left Behind

    Places We Left Behind

    By Jennifer Lang

    What if the person you love envisions a different life than the one you do—in...

  • April


    By Sara Nicholson

    April, it’s been written, is the cruelest month. By now, generations of undergraduates have been...

  • Vexations


    By Annelyse Gelman

    Annelyse Gelman’s newest book, Vexations, is formally modeled on Erik Satie’s piano composition of the...

  • 2 a.m. with Keats

    2 a.m. with Keats

    By Eileen Cleary

    There’s a certain irony in analyzing a work such as 2 a.m. with Keats in...

  • Pink Waves

    Pink Waves

    By Sawako Nakayasu

    I went a bit mad with Pink Waves, Sawako Nakayasu’s beautiful poem. Why? For several...

  • Paradise


    By Victoria Redel

    Victoria Redel delivers the harrowing exodus of her extended refugee family through the frame of...

  • Plans for Sentences

    Plans for Sentences

    By Renee Gladman

    When I am most stressed—when a concern hard and intractable churns, when a thought restless...

  • Seriously Well

    Seriously Well

    By Helge Torvund

    Helge Torvund’s Seriously Well is a case study in the complexity of simplicity, offering a...

  • Fates


    By Ann Pedone, Katherine Soniat, and D. M. Spitzer

    Myth and legend are such magnificent subjects, ripe with the potential for resonance with modern...

  • The Attending

    The Attending

    By Matthew Mumber

    Striding through the woods one autumn afternoon, with oak nuts falling, a red hawk sailing...

  • Swansdown


    By Donald Platt

    Swansdown is dedicated to the poet’s brother, Michael Platt, who died in 2018.  The collection...

  • Blood Snow

    Blood Snow

    By dg nanouk okpik

    In Blood Snow (Wave Books, 2022), dg nanouk okpik’s visionary pastorals mourn the melt, illness,...