Book Reviews

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  • 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...

  • Pink Noise

    Pink Noise

    By Kevin Holden

    Midway through Pink Noise, Kevin Holden’s second full-length collection, there appears what one might take...

  • Raw Anyone

    Raw Anyone

    By Alex Mattraw

    Write the word “Dear” and what comes next? An epistle suggests a located life, a...

  • The Plague Doctor

    The Plague Doctor

    By James C. Morehead

    You might be in the mood for a crystal-clear lyric, perhaps, or your lethargy demands...

  • Rocks & More Rocks

    Rocks & More Rocks

    By Stephen Ratcliffe

    About fifteen years ago, I wrote a review for Stephen Ratcliffe’s book of poetry REAL,...

  • What Small Sound

    What Small Sound

    By Francesca Bell

    “I’m here to bear witness to this deafness / that expands imperceptibly,” writes Francesca Bell...

  • April


    By Sara Nicholson

    April, it’s been written, is the cruelest month. By now, generations of undergraduates have been...

  • Vexations


    By Annelyse Gelman

    Annelyse Gelman’s newest book, Vexations, is formally modeled on Erik Satie’s piano composition of the...

  • 2 a.m. with Keats

    2 a.m. with Keats

    By Eileen Cleary

    There’s a certain irony in analyzing a work such as 2 a.m. with Keats in...

  • Pink Waves

    Pink Waves

    By Sawako Nakayasu

    I went a bit mad with Pink Waves, Sawako Nakayasu’s beautiful poem. Why? For several...

  • Paradise


    By Victoria Redel

    Victoria Redel delivers the harrowing exodus of her extended refugee family through the frame of...

  • Plans for Sentences

    Plans for Sentences

    By Renee Gladman

    When I am most stressed—when a concern hard and intractable churns, when a thought restless...

  • Seriously Well

    Seriously Well

    By Helge Torvund

    Helge Torvund’s Seriously Well is a case study in the complexity of simplicity, offering a...

  • Fates


    By Ann Pedone, Katherine Soniat, and D. M. Spitzer

    Myth and legend are such magnificent subjects, ripe with the potential for resonance with modern...

  • The Attending

    The Attending

    By Matthew Mumber

    Striding through the woods one autumn afternoon, with oak nuts falling, a red hawk sailing...