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  • Grammar


    By Elizabeth Savage

    At turns beautiful and disconcerting, Grammar presents us with a thought-provoking portrayal of language as...

  • Rust or Go Missing

    Rust or Go Missing

    By Lily Brown

    The poems of Lily Brown’s debut full-length collection risk utterances that make belief an appealing,...

  • Enigma and Light

    Enigma and Light

    By David Mutschlecner

    If a poet’s work is words—the words that call forth the sun, that cause the...

  • Negro League Baseball

    Negro League Baseball

    By Harmony Holiday

    Her poems are chronicles that frame their own engagement; in terms of Holiday's kinetic, long...

  • Place: New Poems

    Place: New Poems

    By Jorie Graham

    Every so often, someone comes along who seems to defy neat categories, an American writer...

  • Punchline


    By Nick Courtright

    Nick Courtright’s stunning first collection of poems invokes the everyday as a point of entry...

  • Georgic


    By Mariko Nagai

    Nagai delves into the extreme cruelty of the pastoral world with as much brutality and...

  • Luminous Epinoia

    Luminous Epinoia

    By Peter O'Leary

    For all the innovation and diversity in contemporary American poetry, there is a lexicon that...

  • A Forgetting Of

    A Forgetting Of

    By Colleen Lookingbill

    A Forgetting Of, by Colleen Lookingbill, is a visionary work that ranges through one woman’s...

  • Bledsoe


    By William Wright

    William Wright’s long narrative poem Bledsoe is immersed in the deep Appalachian South. The opening...

  • No Grave Can Hold My Body Down

    No Grave Can Hold My Body Down

    By Aaron McCollough

    Against a poetic landscape filled with ironic detachment, Aaron McCollough’s work is refreshingly earnest. No...

  • We Are Pharaoh

    We Are Pharaoh

    By Robert Fernandez

    Robert Fernandez’s ambitious debut, We Are Pharaoh, asks its reader to begin at the “billowing...

  • Arthouse


    By Jeffrey DeShell

    Crime novels have always been about the traces crime leaves in the external world and...

  • Kindertotenwald


    By Franz Wright

    “At this point I think you might want to sit down, pour yourselves a drink,...

  • Chinoiserie


    By Karen Rigby

    “At this point I think you might want to sit down, pour yourselves a drink,...

  • Roseate, Points of Gold

    Roseate, Points of Gold

    By Laynie Browne

    Halfway through Roseate, Points of Gold, Laynie Browne appears to offer the key to decoding...

  • Northerners


    By Seth Abramson

    In Northerners, his second collection and winner of the 2010 Green Rose Prize in Poetry...

  • Compendium


    By Kristina Marie Darling

    Compendium means a concise treatment of a vast subject, and this small volume (six inches...