Book Reviews

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  • Āina Hānau / Birth Land

    Āina Hānau / Birth Land

    By Brandy Nālani McDougall

    In the title poem of Āina Hānau / Birth Land, Brandy Nālani McDougall asks, “na...

  • Living Room

    Living Room

    By Laura Bylenok

    The 1977 educational film Powers of Ten begins with an aerial view of a couple...

  • Brother Poem

    Brother Poem

    By Will Harris

    In Will Harris’s Brother Poem, the lines between reality and dreamscapes blur, and readers dwell...

  • Live in Suspense

    Live in Suspense

    By David Groff

    Midlife is a reckoning with our experience of time. The past seems impossibly far away....

  • Winter Stranger

    Winter Stranger

    By Jackson Holbert

    Jackson Holbert’s debut collection, Winter Stranger, winner of the Milkweed Editions 2022 Max Ritvo Poetry...

  • Piano in the Dark

    Piano in the Dark

    By Nancy Naomi Carlson

    Set during the wider context of the global pandemic and within the personal history of...

  • Chariot


    By Timothy Donnelly

    Form and voice unite the lyrical menagerie of Chariot, Timothy Donnelly’s fourth collection of poetry....

  • The Daughter of Man

    The Daughter of Man

    By L. J. Sysko

    Forgive me the spoiler, but L. J. Sysko’s debut poetry collection The Daughter of Man...

  • A Duration

    A Duration

    By Richard Meier

    It seems it’s been taking me longer and longer to complete these reviews lately, and...

  • Your Kingdom

    Your Kingdom

    By Eleni Sikelianos

    In her tenth book of poetry, Your Kingdom, Eleni Sikelianos offers an exploration of life’s...

  • Her Scant State

    Her Scant State

    By Barbara Tomash

    Barbara Tomash’s new collection erases Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady. From the outset,...

  • Wave House

    Wave House

    By Elizabeth Arnold

    In her sixth book, Wave House, Elizabeth Arnold’s unpredictable poems mimic the incalculable movements of...

  • The Corrected Version

    The Corrected Version

    By Rosanna Young Oh

    This debut collection is a fascinating study in form and a powerful meditation on family....

  • Night Logic

    Night Logic

    By Matthew Gellman

    Matthew Gellman’s Night Logic emerges at a time when states like Florida are going to...

  • Door


    By Ann Lauterbach

    The many doors within Ann Lauterbach’s dazzling eleventh volume, Door (Penguin, 2023), open onto mythic...

  • Four in Hand

    Four in Hand

    By Alicia Mountain

    A four-in-hand is a vehicle drawn by four horses and driven by one person. The...

  • Flare, Corona

    Flare, Corona

    By Jeannine Hall Gailey

    In 2020, amidst devastating wildfires and insurrections and a pandemic, we all seemed to collectively...

  • the luxury

    the luxury

    By Darren C. Demaree

    In his ecopoetic collection the luxury, Darren C. Demaree draws upon the four classical elements...

  • 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...