Book Reviews

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  • Scar


    By Bruce Bond

    There is an artistic paradox here: wherever a scar forms, nothing else can grow....

  • Sisyphusina


    By Shira Dentz

    Proximity is often a necessary discussion tool for intimacy. Not that there is a prerequisite...

  • Rain in Plural

    Rain in Plural

    By Fiona Sze-Lorrain

    Poetry is engaged to dreams or a dream-state, and the surprising word-choices shift us into...

  • Same Faces

    Same Faces

    By Albert Mobilio

    The twist of the shortest word in a line of the longest poem acts as...

  • Hot with the Bad Things

    Hot with the Bad Things

    By Lucia LoTempio

    Grieving violence creates a kind of horrific palimpsest of how the public choruses events....

  • Paper Bells

    Paper Bells

    By Phan Nhiên Hạo

    Awash with wandering loneliness, Phan’s lines vacillate from contemplative to biting, economical to allegorical...

  • The Fire Eater

    The Fire Eater

    By Jose Hernandez Diaz

    Herein lies the beauty of Hernandez Diaz’s poetry: what is real is up for grabs,...

  • Ajar To The Night

    Ajar To The Night

    By Autumn Richardson

    The book ajar, we witness ourselves becoming somewhat else. Ajar To The Night, we slip...

  • Thrown in the Throat

    Thrown in the Throat

    By Benjamin Garcia

    Garcia’s “throat is [a] throne,” a poetics of reclamation and sensual pleasure. Yield to and...

  • Rift Zone

    Rift Zone

    By Tess Taylor

    Evidence of rift is everywhere, and yet these poems look not just to ruin but...

  • Habitat Threshold

    Habitat Threshold

    By Craig Santos Perez

    As poets­­­­—non-journalists—we are frequently caught between conflicting expectations for our art. We are told not...

  • All the Great Territories

    All the Great Territories

    By Matthew Wimberley

    In the beginning, Wimberley struggles to mourn the loss of home, father, and country. And...

  • Cage of Lit Glass

    Cage of Lit Glass

    By Charles Kell

    These poems illuminate the seemingly endless cycles of violence that perpetuate government-sanctioned surveillance and incarceration,...

  • Repetition Nineteen

    Repetition Nineteen

    By Mónica de la Torre

    By presenting the reader with twenty-five different translations of the same poem—which deliberately raises questions...

  • Tracing the Horse

    Tracing the Horse

    By Diana Marie Delgado

    What does it mean to be herself in this Mexican-American culture? The last section moves...

  • Ravage & Snare

    Ravage & Snare

    By Matthew Carey Salyer

    The poems are muscular with allusion and wordplay, citing sources diverse as Old English poems...

  • We Fell into Weather

    We Fell into Weather

    By Alexandra Mattraw

    It’s no secret that the world is changing radically; from massive (and righteous) civil unrest...

  • Grief Sequence

    Grief Sequence

    By Prageeta Sharma

    In Prageeta Sharma’s collection of poems, her husband’s sudden death makes vivid their emotional and...