Almost Obscene

“I WAS LIKE WEED but they didn’t smoke me” This is the opening poem from Almost Obscene, the first collection of poetry by queer Colombian poet Raúl Gómez Jattin to appear in English through the translations of Katherine M. Hedeen and Olivia Lott. In this extraordinarily dense and direct short poem, presented on its own […]

A Thousand Curves

A man of a certain age greets the morning and considers ruefully the passing of years with the observation: “It’s dawn, purple and pursed in the mouth, / and we no longer wake up wild as bears at five,” and goes on to reflect that he and his wife beside him “were vaster once. We […]

Blessing the Exoskeleton

Part individual plea, part millennial manifesto, Andrew Hemmert’s Blessing the Exoskeleton combines displacement, homesickness, and illumination in poems that shed their original skins and transform into new, brighter creatures with every page turn. However, Blessing the Exoskeleton is also a conversation. Postindustrial America converses with the ethics and ideologies shaping America’s mythos. It possesses a […]

The New Gods

William O’Daly is known as one of the preeminent translators of the poetry of Pablo Neruda in the United States and a cofounder of Copper Canyon Press. Astonishingly, for all he has done over many decades of service to poetry and its communities, The New Gods is O’Daly’s first full-length collection, though he has authored […]

Raven’s Echo

The pleasure of writing a book review is, for me, found in the deeper level of engagement required as opposed to that with works I might be reading for other intentions. And so I found myself starting and restarting Robert Davis Hoffmann’s Raven’s Echo, not for any shortcomings of the work itself, but interruptions of […]

The Face of the Quartzes

The poems in Chus Pato’s The Face of the Quartzes, as translated from Galician into English by Erín Moure, strain against each other by putting pressure on images and language to constitute a form dense with structure and yet open to the mind’s acoustic thinking—a thinking that explores multiplicity, identity, language, and transformation. The book’s […]

The Dug-Up Gun Museum

Is there a way to say it? Maybe every act of writing begins here, with the already-exhausted question. Each poem in Matt Donovan’s The Dug-Up Gun Museum contains and documents one of these beginnings. The title of the collection suggests a singular focus on America’s guns—gun violence, gun reverence, gun hate, gun mania, maybe even […]