distant transit by Maya Haderlap reviewed by Mark Wagenaar“…is there a zone of darkness between all language, / a black river that swallows words / and stories and transforms them?”
Adam Vines’ “Lures” reviewed by Chelsea WagenaarIf you read all of Adam Vines’s new collection, "Lures", and at the end of the book close your eyes and try to picture in your mind’s eye the book’s signature image
Brian Culhane’s “Remembering Lethe” reviewed by Chelsea WagenaarBrian Culhane’s Remembering Lethe is remarkably, refreshingly cohesive.
Zeeshan Khan Pathan’s “The Minister of Disturbances” and Allison Joseph’s “Lexicon” reviewed by Mark WagenaarThe poems in The Minister of Disturbances have a wide variety of settings, and jump around the globe
Carmine Starnino’s ‘Dirty Words’ reviewed by Mark WagenaarFor this month’s installment, I thought I’d wander a little farther afield—a little farther north
Devon Walker-Figueroa’s Philomath reviewed by Jeri Theriault
Philomath by Devon Walker-Figueroa Milkweed Editions paperback 104 pages ISBN: 978-1-57131-522-9 The poems in Philomath, Devon Walker-Figueroa’s 2021 National Poetry Series collection, evoke her origins in western Oregon, a landscape suggested in the cover art by Erik Larson, a stark woodcut of tree rings on a decayed stump. As she revisits the farmlands and vineyards of King’s
Kasey Jueds’s “The Thicket” reviewed by Jane Zwart“The thicket / swells with secrets,” Kasey Jueds writes in the poem “Unbidden,”
Sean Thomas Dougherty’s Not All Saints Reviewed by Sonia GreenfieldSean Thomas Dougherty’s Not All Saints, his thirteenth full-length collection
John Wall Barger’s “Resurrection Fail” reviewed by Cameron MacKenzie
John Wall Barger Resurrection Fail. New York Spuyten Duyvil 2021. 100 pgs. Director Michael Mann, when asked why he used digital cameras for his films, said that he preferred the technology because it enabled him to “see into the night.” It was the digital format, Mann insisted, that made the darkness feel most “alive.” I am often reminded
Robert Alexander’s “Finding Token Creek” reviewed by Sonia Greenfield
Finding Token Creek: New & Selected Writing, 1975-2020 Robert Alexander White Pine Press April 2021 ISBN: 978-1-945680-441 The Sacred and Mundane: A Review of Robert Alexander’s Finding Token Creek If the title of Robert Alexander’s New and Selected, Finding Token Creek, reminds you at all of Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, that would be apropos. Much as
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
The Hölderliniae by Nathaniel Tarn reviewed by Devin KingMy favorite book by Nathaniel Tarn was not written by Nathaniel Tarn.