Worldly Things by Michael Kleber-Diggs reviewed by Jane Zwart
Review of Worldly Things. Michael Kleber-Diggs. Milkweed. June 8, 2021. $22. Worldly Things is the name of Michael Kleber-Diggs’s first collection of poetry, and the phrase “worldly things” also gives one of the poems in the book its title. Preceding that poem, though, the writer shoulders the label himself. He writes: Our moment here is small. I
Music for the Dead and Resurrected by Valzhyna Mort reviewed by Chelsea WagenaarValzhyna Mort’s Music for the Dead and Resurrected is unlike anything else I can remember reading for a long time.
Review of Steven Cramer’s Listen by Andrea ReadThat time when one can no longer wander away
PETITION by Joyce Peseroff reviewed by DeWitt Henry
Carnegie Mellon University Press 2020 $15.95 78pp. paper ISBN 978-0-88748-861-6 Joyce Peseroff has been a personal friend since she served as Ploughshares’s poetry editor and managing editor. Her first collection, The Hardness Scale (1977), had just come out. She edited The Ploughshares Poetry Reader as well as her own issue, enlisted Donald Hall to guest edit and worked with
John Wall Barger Reviews That Was Now, This Is Then by Vijay Seshadri“Eternity,” Heraclitus wrote, “is a child playing checkers; a child’s kingdom.”
Favorite Books from 2020
Plume has a number of talented editors, and given the extraordinary year the world faced, I thought asking them for some of their favorite books of 2020 made sense, as a means of creating space for other voices and perspectives beyond mine and Chelsea’s, but also as a way to showcase more books than are typically possible in a “traditional”
The Clearing by Allison Adair reviewed by Chelsea Wagenaar
THE CLEARING Allison Adair Milkweed Editions, 2020 79 pages. $22, hardcover. Allison Adair’s The Clearing opens with two words that haunt the book: “What if.” The title poem, which initiates the collection, imagines, through familiar fairy tale imagery, that our lives unfold as stories wrought with these what ifs. What if this time instead of crumbs the girl
“Alias” by Eric Pankey reviewed by Mark Wagenaar
Alias Eric Pankey Free Verse Editions, Parlor Press 2020 Not to be confused with the television show of the same name, starring Jennifer Garner and beloved by Dwight Schrute, Alias is the second book of prose poems Eric Pankey has published with Free Verse Editions, by Parlor Press. One of the most crucial questions when reading such a volume
Brett Foster’s “Extravagant Rescues” reviewed by Chelsea WagenaarIn the abcedarian list poem “Alternative Titles for the Book You Are Holding in Your Hands,” Brett Foster offers ...
Hailey Leithauser’s Saint Worm reviewed by Susan Blackwell RamseyThe heart of a bear is a cloud-shuttered
Donovan McAbee reviews Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry by John Murillo
John Murillo Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry 2020 Four Way Books $16.95 Paperback Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry, John Murillo’s second collection, is a particularly American lamentation, an extended meditation on loss: the inevitability of some losses, the tragic nature of others, and especially the political and existential crisis of loss inflicted on Black American selves and communities by our culture.
Jane Hirshfield’s “Ledger” reviewed by Fred MarchantSome ledgers are just right for business accounting, with neat columns for inventories,