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  • Trickster Academy

    Trickster Academy

    By Jenny L. Davis

    With a wry humor that softens reality’s hard edges, the poems in Jenny L. Davis’s...

  • Prelude


    By Brynne Rebele-Henry

    The poems in Prelude by Brynne Rebele-Henry strike like lightening on the night sky, with...

  • The Light That Burns Us

    The Light That Burns Us

    By Jazra Khaleed

    The suffering and displacement of refugees from the brutal Syrian civil war are given agency...

  • Abacus of Loss

    Abacus of Loss

    By Sholeh Wolpé

    When circumstances change, we change. As with any organism, a human’s survival is predicated on...

  • Earthly Delights

    Earthly Delights

    By Troy Jollimore

    One of the very few facts that should keep artists inspired to make more art...

  • North | Rock | Edge

    North | Rock | Edge

    By Susan Tichy

    There is a call to approach the remote corners of the world and know, for...

  • 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...