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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

Two Reviews: DeWeese & Ma…

In this month’s installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel examines two experimental books that engage ecological and political concerns.             The Father of the Arrow Is the Thought by Christopher DeWeese Octopus Books $14.95, 75 pages

Review: The Oppens Remember…

In this month’s installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel examines an essay collection celebrating poets George and Mary Oppen.     When Of Being Numerous won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1969, George Oppen seemed like an emblematic poet for