Book Reviews

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  • Ajar To The Night

    Ajar To The Night

    By Autumn Richardson

    The book ajar, we witness ourselves becoming somewhat else. Ajar To The Night, we slip...

  • Hsi-wei Tales

    Hsi-wei Tales

    By Robert Wexelblatt

    Wexelblatt’s Hsi-wei Tales is a wonderful fusion of poetry and prose that captivates and holds...

  • Thrown in the Throat

    Thrown in the Throat

    By Benjamin Garcia

    Garcia’s “throat is [a] throne,” a poetics of reclamation and sensual pleasure. Yield to and...

  • Rift Zone

    Rift Zone

    By Tess Taylor

    Evidence of rift is everywhere, and yet these poems look not just to ruin but...

  • Habitat Threshold

    Habitat Threshold

    By Craig Santos Perez

    As poets­­­­—non-journalists—we are frequently caught between conflicting expectations for our art. We are told not...

  • All the Great Territories

    All the Great Territories

    By Matthew Wimberley

    In the beginning, Wimberley struggles to mourn the loss of home, father, and country. And...

  • Cage of Lit Glass

    Cage of Lit Glass

    By Charles Kell

    These poems illuminate the seemingly endless cycles of violence that perpetuate government-sanctioned surveillance and incarceration,...

  • Repetition Nineteen

    Repetition Nineteen

    By Mónica de la Torre

    By presenting the reader with twenty-five different translations of the same poem—which deliberately raises questions...

  • Tracing the Horse

    Tracing the Horse

    By Diana Marie Delgado

    What does it mean to be herself in this Mexican-American culture? The last section moves...

  • Ravage & Snare

    Ravage & Snare

    By Matthew Carey Salyer

    The poems are muscular with allusion and wordplay, citing sources diverse as Old English poems...

  • We Fell into Weather

    We Fell into Weather

    By Alexandra Mattraw

    It’s no secret that the world is changing radically; from massive (and righteous) civil unrest...

  • The Blessing

    The Blessing

    By Gregory Orr

    Instead, he writes, “my beginning of trauma and violence led me on to a lifetime...

  • Miraculous Medal

    Miraculous Medal

    By Adrian Koesters

    However, this slim, powerful volume presents a world so viscerally haunting, readers are likely to...

  • Grief Sequence

    Grief Sequence

    By Prageeta Sharma

    In Prageeta Sharma’s collection of poems, her husband’s sudden death makes vivid their emotional and...

  • When the Whales Leave

    When the Whales Leave

    By Yuri Rytkheu, translated by Ilona Yazhbin Chavasse

    Early in the novella, Rytkheu writes that a “legend could be said to be a...