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  • Shrapnel Maps

    Shrapnel Maps

    By Philip Metres

    I wasn’t raised to trust or believe in chance. I was raised to believe nothing...

  • Now It’s Dark

    Now It’s Dark

    By Peter Gizzi

    Written in a time of loss and disaffection, the fatigue in these poems is insidious....

  • Dunce


    By Mary Ruefle

    The poems of Mary Ruefle have often felt like delightful puzzles: slippery, full of surprise,...

  • Atomizer


    By Elizabeth A. I. Powell

    Scent evokes memory. Such strong associations with smell have prompted perfumes, the pinnacle of scent,...

  • Things That Go

    Things That Go

    By Laura Eve Engel

    When disasters fly by faster than billboards, how are we to bear witness to them?...

  • The Melancholy of Anatomy

    The Melancholy of Anatomy

    By Martin Corless-Smith

    There’s a sense in The Melancholy of Anatomy that the grave intellect monitoring the process...

  • Pine


    By Julia Koets

    Koets’s robust emotional range and delicate intimacy are reminiscent of Anne Carson’s translations of Sappho....

  • Dear Ms. Schubert

    Dear Ms. Schubert

    By Ewa Lipska, translated by Robin Davidson and Ewa Elżbieta Nowakowska

    Listen to the bird song. As Lipska writes,” “It’s just an untreated case of chronic...

  • Obscura


    By Frank Paino

    Paino excavates what meaning we create behind our acts of living, what haunts us at...

  • The Animal at Your Side

    The Animal at Your Side

    By Megan Alpert

    In the absence of family, the self becomes sister, becomes multiple, becomes animal—more fiercely present...

  • My Husband Would

    My Husband Would

    By Benjamin S. Grossberg

    There is no shortage of wonder and love in this collection, despite the omnipresence of...

  • One Less River

    One Less River

    By Terry Blackhawk

    One Less River [is] a collection that rewards us over and again for joining its...

  • Not for Luck

    Not for Luck

    By Derek Sheffield

    Sheffield is emotionally present without sentimentality or clever guile. He offers us a gift of...

  • The Best Prey

    The Best Prey

    By Paige Quiñones

    Quiñones situates desire as the fluxing heart of the collection and imbues its hunger with...

  • We the Jury

    We the Jury

    By Wayne Miller

    Creating sympathy is the poet’s role, and learning to sympathize is our only salvation....

  • wyrd] bird

    wyrd] bird

    By Claire Marie Stancek

    Stancek opens a dialectic between the speaker and mystic Hildegard of Bingen that will surface,...

  • The Earliest Witnesses

    The Earliest Witnesses

    By G.C. Waldrep

    These poems teach us about the sacrilege and sacraments of ingestion, the body our only...

  • original kink

    original kink

    By Jubi Arriola-Headley

    What is it to write according to a socially engaged poetics, to demand of one’s...

  • Rough Song

    Rough Song

    By Blanca Varela

    Rough Song represents the first English translation of Blanca Varela, a major figure in twentieth-century...

  • Sense Violence

    Sense Violence

    By Helena Boberg

    The Swedish title of Helena Boberg’s second collection, Sinnesvåld (translated as Sense Violence by Johannes...

  • Empire


    By Tracy Zeman

    Empire is “a shattered sequence” that dismantles settler logic and the ideological underpinnings of manifest...