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Book Review: Crawlspace

          Crawlspace Nikki Wallschlaeger Bloof Books $16, 82 pp. May 2017   “instead of the stanzas the rooms” —Bernadette Mayer   Poetic forms are constraints. A constraint gives form and body, and also creates space. A

Book Review: Cruel Futures

            CRUEL FUTURES Carmen Giménez Smith City Lights Press $15.95, 88 pp. March 2018   …you should write about my writing about it, then we’ll be the infinity symbol together projected against the littered sky.

Book Review: While Standing i…

              While Standing in Line for Death CAConrad Wave Books $22, 143 pp. September 2017   Best known for the “(soma)tic” rituals that serve as the source materials for his verse and prose poems,

Book Review: Martha Collins

“To reconcile the people and the stones”             Night Unto Night Martha Collins Milkweed Editions $16, 128 pp. March 2018                   Day Unto Day Martha Collins Milkweed

Book Review: Of Sphere and He…

Of Sphere Karla Kelsey Essay Press $12.95, 104 pp. November 2017                 Hermaphropoetics, Drifting Geometries Rochelle Owens Singing Horse Press $18, 178 pp. March 2017               In

Book Review: Revolutions: a C…

              Revolutions: a Collaboration John Matthias & Jean Dibble & Robert Archambeau Dos Madres Press $20, 126 pp. April 2017   Revolutions, the title of this collaboration among a Notre Dame-affiliated poet (John Mathias),

Book Review: A New Salomè

            Salomè: Donna di Valore/Salomè: Woman of Valor (facing page bilingual edition, translated into Italian by Serena Piccoli and Pina Piccolo) by Adeena Karasick CLEUP (University of Padua) €16, 144 pp. 2017 [publisher’s page: http://www.cleup.it/salome_donna_valore.html]

Book Review: Gray Market

“Look at / what passes for the new.” What are poetry reviews for? Today’s readers find poems more often than not via social media platforms, individual and bare, rendered stark and two-dimensional by the Adderall light of the Internet. It

Two Reviews in Brief

In his holiday farewell, outgoing reviews editor Adam Tavel offers two mini-reviews of recent poetry collections. Editor’s Note: Serving as reviews editor for Plume for the past two years has been a singular honor in my writing life. Long suspicious

Review: Tim Seibles

In this month’s installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel examines a poetry collection about family, aging, and alienation.           One Turn Around the Sun by Tim Seibles Etruscan Press $16, 120 pages published February 2017   Halfway

Review In Brief: Nancy Chen Lo…

In this month’s installment, reviews editor Adam Tavel briefly examines a poignant first book about family, identity, and nature’s majesty.             Light into Bodies by Nancy Chen Long University of Tampa Press $14, 108 pages

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