Book Reviews

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  • Vibratory Milieu

    Vibratory Milieu

    By Carrie Hunter

    In the “Notes” to Vibratory Milieu, Carrie Hunter describes the book as a work of...

  • Ghost Tracks

    Ghost Tracks

    By Sneha Subramanian Kanta

    “A wound is a place of burial. . . Call the wound a language.” At...

  • Her Read: A Graphic Poem

    Her Read: A Graphic Poem

    By Jennifer Sperry Steinorth

    Our expectations about what a book is and might contain are constantly evolving. In our...

  • Moth Funerals

    Moth Funerals

    By Gaia Rajan

    Gaja Rajan writes in the first poem of Moth Funerals, “You’ve heard this one before,”...

  • Imagine Us, The Swarm

    Imagine Us, The Swarm

    By Muriel Leung

    Muriel Leung’s powerful second book is divided into seven parts, each of which are formally...

  • Cry Baby Mystic

    Cry Baby Mystic

    By Daniel Tiffany

    Daniel Tiffany’s new book wears a sandpaper shirt, the title marked in black crayon, smeared....

  • Asked What Has Changed

    Asked What Has Changed

    By Ed Roberson

    These poems imbued with issues of climate and racial justice bristle with sound, word play,...

  • Pilgrim Bell

    Pilgrim Bell

    By Kaveh Akbar

    Akbar invites his audience to read between the lines and find his shadow story—the truth...

  • Bone Rosary

    Bone Rosary

    By Thomas Lynch

    From his perch of eyewitness, Lynch presents to the literary canon his deeply considered treatise...

  • Art in Time

    Art in Time

    By Cole Swensen

    I stamp my foot in applause, write notes on the pages, distribute my thoughts; Swensen...

  • Shrapnel Maps

    Shrapnel Maps

    By Philip Metres

    I wasn’t raised to trust or believe in chance. I was raised to believe nothing...

  • Now It’s Dark

    Now It’s Dark

    By Peter Gizzi

    Written in a time of loss and disaffection, the fatigue in these poems is insidious....

  • Dunce


    By Mary Ruefle

    The poems of Mary Ruefle have often felt like delightful puzzles: slippery, full of surprise,...

  • Atomizer


    By Elizabeth A. I. Powell

    Scent evokes memory. Such strong associations with smell have prompted perfumes, the pinnacle of scent,...

  • Things That Go

    Things That Go

    By Laura Eve Engel

    When disasters fly by faster than billboards, how are we to bear witness to them?...

  • The Melancholy of Anatomy

    The Melancholy of Anatomy

    By Martin Corless-Smith

    There’s a sense in The Melancholy of Anatomy that the grave intellect monitoring the process...

  • Pine


    By Julia Koets

    Koets’s robust emotional range and delicate intimacy are reminiscent of Anne Carson’s translations of Sappho....

  • Dear Ms. Schubert

    Dear Ms. Schubert

    By Ewa Lipska, translated by Robin Davidson and Ewa Elżbieta Nowakowska

    Listen to the bird song. As Lipska writes,” “It’s just an untreated case of chronic...

  • Obscura


    By Frank Paino

    Paino excavates what meaning we create behind our acts of living, what haunts us at...

  • The Animal at Your Side

    The Animal at Your Side

    By Megan Alpert

    In the absence of family, the self becomes sister, becomes multiple, becomes animal—more fiercely present...