Book Reviews

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  • Peace


    By Gillian Conoley

    While Conoley’s poetic virtuosity might accept the world and marvel at it, that’s not to...

  • Two Books by Joshua Corey

    Two Books by Joshua Corey

    By Joshua Corey

    While Beautiful Soul's oscillation between fiction and metafiction can seem somewhat slow footed, the rich...

  • Twine


    By David Koehn

    Impressive in their range and arresting in their musicality, the poems are consistently successful....

  • You Good Thing

    You Good Thing

    By Dara Weir

    While Weir’s poems are full of loss and dissolution, they also insist on a presence...

  • You Are Not Dead

    You Are Not Dead

    By Wendy Xu

    Throughout the collection, Xu's speakers use non sequitur to test the limits of absurdity and...

  • Antidote


    By Corey Van Landingham

    One of the most striking features is Van Landingham’s ability to collapse massive distances within...

  • Dear Darwish

    Dear Darwish

    By Morani Kornberg-Weiss

    As a whole, Kornberg-Weiss’s impulse is to emphasize the relation of one’s purview of histories...

  • Missing the Moon

    Missing the Moon

    By Bin Ramke

    This collection shows us how the poem’s purpose isn’t to contain or reflect or make...

  • Beyond the Chainlink

    Beyond the Chainlink

    By Rusty Morrison

    Morrison's Beyond the Chainlink is a beautifully written collection, as philosophical as it is concrete...

  • Ascension Theory

    Ascension Theory

    By Christopher Bolin

    Ascension Theory, Christopher Bolin’s debut collection, is a negotiation between the poetics of knowing and...

  • Practice on Mountains

    Practice on Mountains

    By David Bartone

    Bartone reveals the contemporary prose poem as inextricable from haiku, haibun, and the spare, image-driven...

  • Mortar


    By Sara Mumolo

    Before getting too deep into Mortar, Sara Mumolo’s first poetry collection, you run into a...

  • 88 Sonnets

    88 Sonnets

    By Clark Coolidge

    Clark Coolidge is no stranger to crystalline poetic forms. But sonnets? Such a traditional structure...

  • A Conjoined Book

    A Conjoined Book

    By Karla Kelsey

    Those who like to think of poetry as the purest expression of a unified self,...

  • The Next Monsters

    The Next Monsters

    By Julie Doxsee

    The Next Monsters is an accomplished volume, one that's as carefully crafted as it is...

  • The Monarchs

    The Monarchs

    By Melanie Noel

    Noel’s unwavering awareness is so keen and rapt that as it perceives it also exerts...

  • Debts & Lessons

    Debts & Lessons

    By Lynn Xu

    Loving engenders intimacy. The resulting proximity creates space for further loving. Lynn Xu’s song is...