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  • Fur Not Light

    Fur Not Light

    By Jeff Alessandrelli

    The strength of these impossible-to-summarize poems and the disorder of any narrative is in the...

  • Quivira


    By Karen Kevorkian

    The collection is wonderfully complex in its work towards uncovering un-simplified truths within the near-constant...

  • The River Twice

    The River Twice

    By Kathleen Graber

    Kathleen Graber’s The River Twice troubles the distinction between past and present. Rather than eschew...

  • Earth


    By Hannah Brooks-Motl

    In its contradictions and awareness of those contradictions, in its ability to project back a...

  • Utopia Pipe Dream Memory

    Utopia Pipe Dream Memory

    By Anna Gurton-Wachter

    Refusing to be confined by the limits of narrative genre and form, she nevertheless exploits...

  • Hear Trains

    Hear Trains

    By Caroline Knox

    While these poems share approaches, their larger effect is to sketch the history of civilization...

  • Flourish


    By Dora Malech

    In a startling and invigorating way, each of the following poems is another party game...

  • Shimmer


    By Mark Irwin

    The speaker mourns his mother while she lives and after she dies; he writes about...

  • My Mountain Country

    My Mountain Country

    By Ye Lijun, translated by Fiona Sze-Lorrain

    The gorgeous cover strikes the first note of the theme: a traditional mountain landscape with...

  • & more black

    & more black

    By t'ai freedom ford

    These poems take on the historical and current oppression of Black Americans, particularly Black women—including...

  • Republic Café

    Republic Café

    By David Biespiel

    Biespiel grapples with global crisis through the lens of the individual—specifically the relationship between two...

  • Earth Is Best

    Earth Is Best

    By Peter O'Leary

    O’Leary so brilliantly makes language itself a rhizomatic experience, a syntactical force that allows the...

  • Lonesome Gnosis

    Lonesome Gnosis

    By Elizabeth Scanlon

    Scanlon’s poems operate at the moment of enjambment between the last two lines above, the...

  • Fear Of Description

    Fear Of Description

    By Daniel Poppick

    Daniel Poppick’s second collection, Fear of Description, features a collection of sonnets, elegies, and autobiographical...

  • Silences


    By Martha Ronk

    It presents a tension as well for the reader: if silence is total absence, an...

  • Erou


    By Maya Phillips

    The mythological narrative works as a framework here because of its inherent mystery—the kind of...

  • Beautyberry


    By Cassie Donish

    The concept of a theory becomes a rich, generative shape with its own kind of...

  • The Year of the Femme

    The Year of the Femme

    By Cassie Donish

    Interiors and the fullness thereof feel at the heart of this book, a gorgeous kind...

  • Fossils in the Making

    Fossils in the Making

    By Kristin George Bagdanov

    Strong images from the botanical, geological, mammalian, and environmental worlds sensuously create lines of emotional...