Book Reviews

New reading recommendations from Colorado Review

  • May Day

    May Day

    By Gretchen Marquette

    Marquette’s collection makes a compelling claim for the importance of honest and deeply personal expressions...

  • Spiritual Grave Year

    Spiritual Grave Year

    By Dan Magers

    Through humor and sincerity, stitched together with painfully lurid moments, Dan Magers provides “a vision...

  • The Field

    The Field

    By Robert Andrew Perez

    The casual can seem lax: as praise, “casual” can sound like a euphemism for “underdressed,”...

  • Wedding Pulls

    Wedding Pulls

    By J. K. Daniels

    Brimming with characters, the poems are not narrative but tightly sprung lyrics whose wording reveals...

  • Receipt


    By Karen Leona Anderson

    Her pacing is subdued and infectious, and it will get under your skin. These poems’...

  • Scorpyn Odes

    Scorpyn Odes

    By Laynie Browne

    Browne’s challenge to how our world is and whether we should continue to stay in...

  • Turning into Dwelling

    Turning into Dwelling

    By Christopher Gilbert

    Many of his poems don’t just push boundaries of time, place, race, and self, but...

  • Viability


    By Sarah Vap

    Vap layers and links words and contexts, highlighting how we are ultimately bound by the...

  • Solar Maximum

    Solar Maximum

    By Sueyeun Juliette Lee

    Reading these poems is to be gripped by the uncanny: they're strange and familiar....

  • Certain Magical Acts

    Certain Magical Acts

    By Alice Notley

    Enchanted and incantatory, the poems of Certain Magical Acts resist convention and protocol, as Notley’s...

  • Receipt


    By Karen Leona Anderson

    These poems are spring-loaded: by turns quirky, tough, and always clear-sighted....

  • The Primitive Observatory

    The Primitive Observatory

    By Gregory Kimbrell

    Brutal seasons, natural disasters, plagues, class conflicts, and wars torment isolated survivors. What will come...

  • Coherer


    By Alicia Cohen

    Alicia Cohen’s stunning third book of poetry explores the possibilities of writing as an act...

  • Selected Poems

    Selected Poems

    By Keith Waldrop

    This is a poetics of careful deliberation, aware that language is a container that experience...

  • Four Weathercocks

    Four Weathercocks

    By Cassandra Cleghorn

    If a work of art can be considered a solar system, it’s then governed by...

  • Her Faithfulness

    Her Faithfulness

    By Liz Waldner

    Liz Waldner’s masterful new collection of poems, Her Faithfulness, explores the possibilities of a feminist...

  • Literature for Nonhumans

    Literature for Nonhumans

    By Gabriel Gudding

    Gabriel Gudding appeals to humans’ intellectual, artistic, and political selves by braiding fact, lyricism, and...

  • Orbit


    By Arthur Vogelsang

    Vogelsang strives to reject mystery as a sacred notion; or, at least, that’s his literary...

  • What the Lyric Is

    What the Lyric Is

    By Sarah Nicholson

    Nicholson’s writing, which is by turns clever, jokey, and devestatingly ironic, seems to be so...

  • Heliopause


    By Heather Christle

    The poems in Heliopause are nimble, intelligent, playful, and bold; there is wildness and surprise...

  • Evening Oracle

    Evening Oracle

    By Brandon Shimoda

    The poems of Evening Oracle began in ritual, as a taking down of the messages...

  • Seam


    By Tarfia Faizullah

    Faizullah goes beyond the self to write about and translate tragedy, as well as explore...