Book Reviews

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  • Surrounded by Friends

    Surrounded by Friends

    By Matthew Rohrer

    In his latest book, Surrounded by Friends, Matthew Rohrer goes beyond befriending the dead to...

  • Some Habits

    Some Habits

    By C. Violet Eaton

    This isn’t a poet who wishes to scratch the surface but to “scratch into” and...



    By Jill Magi

    Art in the Age of the Adjunct In all the debate around the proliferation of...

  • Cocky's Joy

    Cocky’s Joy

    By Michael Farrell

    Michael Farrell’s 2015 collection, Cocky’s Joy, is ambidextrous, its right hand painting comic tableaux, and...

  • Reckless Lovely

    Reckless Lovely

    By Martha Silano

    In Martha Silano's stunning fourth collection of poems, readers will encounter "velvety soup," "60,000 eggs,"...

  • Far-Fetched


    By Devin Johnston

    The possibilities [Johnston] envisions for our contemporary times are far more than we deserve....

  • Century Swept Brutal

    Century Swept Brutal

    By Zach Savich

    If you want a taste of the beauty of our clumsy human limitations and desires,...

  • Ohio Railroads

    Ohio Railroads

    By G. S. Giscombe

    Ostensibly a catalog of Ohio’s network of railroads,Ohio Railroads takes up race, memory, language, and...

  • The Meatgirl Whatever

    The Meatgirl Whatever

    By Kristin Hatch

    Kristin Hatch's poems in The Meatgirl Whatever are following the idea of "to serve." Or...

  • Testament


    By G. C. Waldrep

    Testament is...bound up in fluid and scenic meditations on the nature of writing, and how...

  • The Lost Novel

    The Lost Novel

    By James Shea

    Yes, these are poems of belief and faith, of hope, and they reach toward those...

  • Calenday


    By Lauren Halderman

    Haldeman’s poems examine the intricacies of the unknown, the unexpected, and share a first-person diary...

  • Particulars of Place

    Particulars of Place

    By Richard O. Moore

    what is fascinating about this collection is the way it gives us an entire life...

  • The Tulip-Flame

    The Tulip-Flame

    By Chloe Honum

    In this debut collection, the speaker is a ballerina—full of control and beauty, poise and...

  • The Wish Book

    The Wish Book

    By Alex Lemon

    In the end, what I love most about this book is how it drives itself...

  • Think Tank

    Think Tank

    By Julie Carr

    Carr's work is at once philosophical and technically precise in a way that is...

  • The Tranquilized Tongue

    The Tranquilized Tongue

    By Eric Baus

    Presented as a series of compact, carefully crafted prose pieces, this magnificent sequence poses compelling...

  • Four Poetry Books

    Four Poetry Books

    By Moxley; Bouchard; Browne; Meyer

    For as much as poetry concerns itself with the various forms of eternity—Keats’s “A thing...

  • Barely Composed

    Barely Composed

    By Alice Fulton

    This collection travels the breadth of the universe and the human, leaving us searching our...