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Review: William Brewer

In this month’s installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel examines a devastating debut about opioid addiction.             I Know Your Kind by William Brewer Milkweed Editions $16, 95 pages published September 2017   According to a

Two Reviews in Brief

In this month’s installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel briefly examines the selected works of two poets.           Sorrow Bread: Poems 1984-2015 by Mark Cox Serving House Books $14.95, 178 pages published April 2017   In the

Review: Patricia Smith

In this month’s installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel examines an explosive book about race and violence.         Incendiary Art by Patricia Smith TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press $18.95, 144 pages published February 2017   It seems fitting, if

Review: Robert Gibb

In this month’s installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel examines a poet’s elegiac eleventh book.         After by Robert Gibb Marsh Hawk Press $15, 98 pages published March 2017 In “The Deer Lay Down Their Bones,” one of

Review: Four Reviews in Brief

In this month’s installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel briefly examines four recent chapbooks.           What Are We Not For by Tommye Blount Bull City Press $12, 40 pages published September 2016   With the sensuality of

Review: Janice N. Harrington

In this month’s installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel examines a collection of biographical poems honoring an underappreciated painter.           Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin by Janice N. Harrington BOA Editions $16, 104

Review: Frannie Lindsay

In this month’s installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel examines a book of spiritually inquisitive elegies.           If Mercy by Frannie Lindsay The Word Works $17, 96 pages published April 2016 In his exquisite, jazzy homage to

Review: Anna Świrszczyńska

In this month’s installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel examines an iconic volume of Polish war poems in a new translation. Building the Barricade by Anna Świrszczyńska translated by Piotr Florczyk Tavern Books $17, 254 pages published April 2016

Review: Katharine Rauk

In this month’s installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel examines an emerging poet’s imaginative debut.               Buried Choirs by Katharine Rauk Tinderbox Editions $15, 62 pages published July 2016   The work of Marianne Moore,

Five Reviews In Brief

In this month’s special holiday installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel offers five mini-reviews of recent poetry collections—just in time for the gift-giving season.         Hera Lindsay Bird by Hera Lindsay Bird Victoria University Press $25 (NZD), 111

Review: Mark Yakich

In this month’s installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel examines an unconventional guidebook for the craft of poetry.         Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide by Mark Yakich Bloomsbury Academic $19.95, 232 pages published November 2015   Metaphor is a

Review: Lucia Perillo

In this month’s installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel examines the oeuvre of a major American poet at mid-career.         Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones: Selected and New Poems by Lucia Perillo Copper Canyon Press $23 (hardbound),

Review: Grevel Lindop

In this month’s installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel examines an English poet’s seventh book.         Luna Park by Grevel Lindop Carcanet Press $19.95, 80 pages published November 2015   In “O Taste and See,” one of her

Book Review: Mahtem Shiferraw

In this month’s installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel examines a vibrant collection about exile, place, and belonging.           Fuchsia by Mahtem Shiferraw University of Nebraska Press $15.95, 108 pages published March 2016   “In the Lion’s

Book Review: Adrian C. Louis

In this month’s installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel examines an elegiac collection that explores loss, race, and alienation.         Random Exorcisms by Adrian C. Louis Pleiades Press $17.95, 78 pages published March 2016 Grief and irreverence rarely