Book Reviews

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  • Bloomer


    By Jessica Hincapie

    How does a poet write down their journey of personal maturity in rendered honesty? That’s...

  • This Afterlife

    This Afterlife

    By A. E. Stallings

    Though I don’t follow sports in general, I never miss the Olympics. Each Olympic sport...

  • Yearn


    By Rage Hezekiah

    Rage Hezekiah’s latest collection, Yearn—a winner of the 2021 Diode Editions Book Contest—is so sensuous...

  • Dogged


    By Stacy Gnall

    Dogged, by Stacy Gnall, is a collection of poems that explores the relationship between the...

  • Earthborn


    By Carl Dennis

    Paul Klee once described drawing as “taking a line out for a walk.” Carl Dennis...

  • Blood Lines

    Blood Lines

    By Ann Bookman

    Ann Bookman’s first full-length poetry book, Blood Lines, chronicles the anthropologist author’s search to find...

  • Border Vista

    Border Vista

    By Anni Liu

    Imagine waking from a dream. You remember where you lived and the language you spoke,...

  • Naming the Wind

    Naming the Wind

    By Steven Rood

    In Steven Rood’s brave and lyrical debut collection, Naming the Wind, the quixotic project of...

  • The Air in the Air Behind It

    The Air in the Air Behind It

    By Brandon Rushton

    Though in his judge’s citation Bin Ramke calls Brandon Rushton’s Berkshire-Prize-winning, debut collection of poems,...

  • Through a Grainy Landscape

    Through a Grainy Landscape

    By Millicent Borges Accardi

    The nature of longing permeates Millicent Borges Accardi’s most recent collection, Through a Grainy Landscape,...

  • The Judas Ear

    The Judas Ear

    By Anna Journey

    Anna Journey’s poems are bravura acts of sometimes goofy joy framed by a sense of...

  • tender gravity

    tender gravity

    By Marybeth Holleman

    Though Marybeth Holleman is the author of several nonfiction books centering around environmental issues and...

  • Goldenrod


    By Maggie Smith

    Maggie Smith’s most recent poetry collection, Goldenrod, is a reassuring light that examines the ordinary...

  • Reverse Engineer

    Reverse Engineer

    By Kate Colby

    Kate Colby’s ninth book, Reverse Engineer, meditates on questions of knowledge and everyday experience, embedding...

  • The Real World

    The Real World

    By Emma Winsor Wood

    I’ll begin my review with this somewhat embarrassing disclosure: In recent years, I’ve been basically...

  • The Lookout Man

    The Lookout Man

    By Stuart Dischell

    With a haunting nostalgia that wrestles the past into the present, Stuart Dischell’s The Lookout...

  • Finalists


    By Rae Armantrout

    Rae Armantrout writes with succinct brilliance about immense subjects such as time and the forces...

  • Rational Anthem

    Rational Anthem

    By Casey Thayer

    Casey Thayer’s latest collection, Rational Anthem, is a meditation on American patriotism and the particular...

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    banana [ ]

    By Paul Hlava Ceballos

    Paul Hlava Ceballos’s debut poetry collection banana [ ] was selected by Ilya Kaminsky as...

  • We Are Mermaids

    We Are Mermaids

    By Stephanie Burt

    Stephanie Burt’s newest collection, We Are Mermaids, is a time capsule of girlhood, a transfiguration...