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  • Cold Candies

    Cold Candies

    By Lee Young-Ju (translated by Jae Kim)

    In the prose poems that comprise Lee Young-Ju’s collection Cold Candies, the physical world is...

  • A Myth of Ariadne

    A Myth of Ariadne

    By Martha Ronk

    Martha Ronk’s A Myth of Ariadne examines our contemporary apathy toward war, casual violence, and...

  • The Thicket

    The Thicket

    By Kasey Jueds

    Kasey Jueds’s second collection, The Thicket, has intersecting emotional and imagistic arcs that reward the...

  • Pee Poems

    Pee Poems

    By Lao Yang (Translated by Joshua Edwards and Lynn Xu)

    Lao Yang’s Pee Poems, translated from Chinese by Joshua Edwards and Lynn Xu, is a...

  • Beautiful Objects

    Beautiful Objects

    By Martin Johnston

    Of the major Australian poets writing in the final decades of the twentieth century, Martin...

  • Sift


    By Christian Hawkey

    In his notes to the book-length poem Sift, Christian Hawkey observes how the project developed from...

  • The Latitude of a Mercy

    The Latitude of a Mercy

    By Stefan Lovasick

    One of the defining characteristics of “the modern” has long been a heightened consciousness of...

  • The Book of Fools

    The Book of Fools

    By Sam Taylor

    How to Erase One’s Descent “and only he who descends into the nether world shall...

  • Against Silence

    Against Silence

    By Frank Bidart

    At the end of his new book, Frank Bidart ridicules Hamlet for thinking “the rest...

  • Sawgrass Sky

    Sawgrass Sky

    By Andrew Hemmert

    Organized into five breathtaking sections, Andrew Hemmert’s memoir-in-verse, Sawgrass Sky, dazzles me with its visceral...

  • Diamonds


    By Camille Guthrie

    Despite our socially conscious effort to illuminate the exploitative nature of the diamond trade in...

  • Factory Girls

    Factory Girls

    By Takako Arai

    Takako Arai’s Factory Girls is a protest book, whose patchwork of poems and narrative voices...

  • origin story

    origin story

    By Gary Jackson

    The first thing Gary Jackson does in origin story is confide in us. Some poems...

  • The Past

    The Past

    By Wendy Xu

    On a fundamental level, Wendy Xu’s The Past depicts the author’s dexterous mind in action...

  • The Man Grave

    The Man Grave

    By Christopher Salerno

    Christopher Salerno’s The Man Grave is an exercise in duality—in studying the double-edged sword of...

  • Glacial Decoys

    Glacial Decoys

    By Luke Roberts

    In Trisha Brown’s Glacial Decoy, the performance that lends its title to Luke Roberts’s new...

  • Wifthing


    By Pattie McCarthy

    Pattie McCarthy’s experimental poetry collection Wifthing blends traditional sonnet forms, medieval female experiences, and contemporary...