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  • Extra Hidden Life, among the Days

    Extra Hidden Life, among the Days

    By Brenda Hillman

    Hillman plays with the post-human—a hypothetical, ecological state following the extinction of humanity—but never abandons...

  • Rocket Fantastic

    Rocket Fantastic

    By Gabrielle Calvocoressi

    There is magic in the poetry of Rocket Fantastic. Bodies are gendered and more-than-gendered. Humans...

  • Baby, I Don't Care

    Baby, I Don’t Care

    By Chelsey Minnis

    Minnis notes that the “book was inspired by classic movies and couldn’t have been written...

  • North American Stadiums

    North American Stadiums

    By Grady Chambers

    In many ways, this is a nostalgic book—looking back and recalling old friends and scenes...

  • Of Sphere

    Of Sphere

    By Karla Kelsey

    Even at the level of syntax, words and concepts flow into one another. The poems...

  • You Are the Phenomenology

    You Are the Phenomenology

    By Timothy O'Keefe

    In the precision and beauty of its varied form, Timothy O’Keefe’s You Are the Phenomenology...

  • Lances All Alike

    Lances All Alike

    By Suzanne Zelazo

    Only a few pages in, it’s clear that this is not what one could reasonably...

  • Big Windows

    Big Windows

    By Lauren Moseley

    Moseley does not just consider the boundary between outside and inside. Her poems also explore...

  • Headline News

    Headline News

    By John Deming

    A crucial component of the book’s success involves the meticulous balance Deming constructs between disarray...

  • Three Poems

    Three Poems

    By Hannah Sullivan

    Her rhymes are multifarious and carry out wildly different operations. They have been compared to...

  • Lunch Portraits

    Lunch Portraits

    By Debora Kuan

    Debora Kuan’s wonderful Lunch Portraits inverts and subverts this ideology of hunger, constructing poems that...

  • Evening


    By Ethel Rackin

    Rackin’s language is rich with wordplay, double meanings and subtle cross-references that never distract us...

  • Losers Dream On

    Losers Dream On

    By Mark Halliday

    The entries shift wildly from the domestic to the cosmic (and back again), so that...

  • Icon


    By David Mutschlecner

    Across the book, Mutschlecner cradles his layered world “in words that are naked,” in a...

  • Daybed


    By Zach Savich

    Savich’s own crisis may be characterized as one of alienation from the human, or the...

  • Dropping Death

    Dropping Death

    By Duane Esposito and Ralph Nazareth

    The very privacy of these poems is charged with a sense of another’s presence. In...

  • Buck Studies

    Buck Studies

    By Douglas Kearney

    Kearney keeps finding new ways to collage on the level of the sonic, semantic, visual,...

  • I will not kick my friends

    I will not kick my friends

    By Kathleen Winter

    Winter balances insight with compassion, and reaches for the ineffable with humility and courage, so...

  • Sleep Paralysis

    Sleep Paralysis

    By Kathy Goodkin

    Like the best ecopoetry of our age, Sleep Paralysis teaches us to pay attention to...

  • After We All Died

    After We All Died

    By Allison Cobb

    There’s no way around it, but there is a way. And that way is to...