Book Reviews

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  • Pink Waves

    Pink Waves

    By Sawako Nakayasu

    I went a bit mad with Pink Waves, Sawako Nakayasu’s beautiful poem. Why? For several...

  • Paradise


    By Victoria Redel

    Victoria Redel delivers the harrowing exodus of her extended refugee family through the frame of...

  • Plans for Sentences

    Plans for Sentences

    By Renee Gladman

    When I am most stressed—when a concern hard and intractable churns, when a thought restless...

  • Seriously Well

    Seriously Well

    By Helge Torvund

    Helge Torvund’s Seriously Well is a case study in the complexity of simplicity, offering a...

  • Fates


    By Ann Pedone, Katherine Soniat, and D. M. Spitzer

    Myth and legend are such magnificent subjects, ripe with the potential for resonance with modern...

  • The Attending

    The Attending

    By Matthew Mumber

    Striding through the woods one autumn afternoon, with oak nuts falling, a red hawk sailing...

  • 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...