Colorado State University Center for Literary Publishing


All the Great Territories

Aug, 06 2020 | no responses

In the beginning, Wimberley struggles to mourn the loss of home, father, and country. And by the end, he emerges from the trauma with the intent to preserve himself.

Cage of Lit Glass

Aug, 05 2020 | no responses

These poems illuminate the seemingly endless cycles of violence that perpetuate government-sanctioned surveillance and incarceration, particularly on working class young men.

Repetition Nineteen

Aug, 04 2020 | no responses

By presenting the reader with twenty-five different translations of the same poem—which deliberately raises questions about what it means for multiple poems to have “sameness,” or to come from the same “source” poem—de la Torre implicitly argues for the translations as a sort of palimpsest or layering-over.

Pale Colors in a Tall Field

Jul, 17 2020 | no responses

That seems to be what Phillips sets out to do, to keep beginning, and that seems to be what he does throughout this very rewarding book that ends with a mass coronation.

Tracing the Horse

Jul, 17 2020 | no responses

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

Ravage & Snare

Jul, 16 2020 | no responses

The poems are muscular with allusion and wordplay, citing sources diverse as Old English poems and Winnie-the-Pooh. The syntax is equally rich, piling adjectives that jar against elusive nouns as if to make a point: the world is complicated and so are attempts to turn experience into meaning.

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