Book Reviews

New reading recommendations from Colorado Review

  • Swansdown


    By Donald Platt

    Swansdown is dedicated to the poet’s brother, Michael Platt, who died in 2018.  The collection...

  • Blood Snow

    Blood Snow

    By dg nanouk okpik

    In Blood Snow (Wave Books, 2022), dg nanouk okpik’s visionary pastorals mourn the melt, illness,...

  • Extinction Theory

    Extinction Theory

    By Kien Lam

    In Kien Lam’s slim but fruitful poetry collection Extinction Theory, readers discover intimate rationales regarding...

  • Some Alphabets

    Some Alphabets

    By John Latta

    How does language—with its rich histories, tonal registers, and lexicon—shape our understanding of ourselves and...



    By Katrina Roberts

    Few collections of poetry are as inventive, thoughtful, and playful as Katrina Roberts’s gorgeous sixth...

  • Customs


    By Solmaz Sharif

    Near the beginning of her new book of poetry, Solmaz Sharif employs a startling visual...

  • Big Gorgeous Jazz Machine

    Big Gorgeous Jazz Machine

    By Nick Francis Potter

    I recently discovered the pendulum wave. Much like Newton’s famous cradle, the pendulum wave involves...

  • Vapor


    By Sara Eliza Johnson

    Reading Sara Eliza Johnson’s second collection of poetry, Vapor, evokes a feeling similar to lying...

  • Almost Obscene

    Almost Obscene

    By Raúl Gómez Jattin (translated by Katherine M. Hedeen and Olivia Lott)

    “I WAS LIKE WEED but they didn’t smoke me” This is the opening poem from...

  • A Thousand Curves

    A Thousand Curves

    By Paul Nemser

    A man of a certain age greets the morning and considers ruefully the passing of...

  • Blessing the Exoskeleton

    Blessing the Exoskeleton

    By Andrew Hemmert

    Part individual plea, part millennial manifesto, Andrew Hemmert’s Blessing the Exoskeleton combines displacement, homesickness, and...

  • The New Gods

    The New Gods

    By William O'Daly

    William O’Daly is known as one of the preeminent translators of the poetry of Pablo...

  • Raven's Echo

    Raven’s Echo

    By Robert David Hoffman

    The pleasure of writing a book review is, for me, found in the deeper level...

  • The Face of the Quartzes

    The Face of the Quartzes

    By Chus Pato (translated by Erín Moure)

    The poems in Chus Pato’s The Face of the Quartzes, as translated from Galician into...

  • The Symmetry of Fish

    The Symmetry of Fish

    By Su Cho

    In Su Cho’s moving debut, The Symmetry of Fish, language, culture, and family form a...

  • Figment


    By Leila Chatti

    “I saw you shadow of / a shadow / maybe I thought / I made...