THE SOUND BOAT by Judith Vollmer reviewed by Linda Johnston MuhlhausenWhat’s the poor reviewer to do, faced with trying to do justice to a volume of poetry as gastronomically and symphonically generous as Judith Vollmer’s The Sound Boat?
The Gospel of Wildflowers and Weeds by Orlando Ricardo Menes reviewed by Andrea Read
A World Graced by Disorder: Orlando Ricardo Menes’s The Gospel of Wildflowers and Weeds “I will not desist in finding God, mine & yours…” From the dry puna winds of his childhood Lima to a first glorious rainfall – aguacero tropical – in Miami; from muck-and-slush puddle, river, and ocean to that “obstinate life in the ocean” of the
Timothy Liu reviews new books from Lynn Xu and Michael ChangI’m a fan of well-printed books. Handmade. Letter press.
Jane Zwart reviews “Headless John the Baptist Hitchhiking” by C.T. SalazarOne of the great, disorienting pleasures of C.T. Salazar’s first full-length collection of poems is how little level ground it contains.
David Baker’s “Whale Fall” reviewed by Chelsea WagenaarIf in W.S. Merwin’s “For a Coming Extinction” the whales are on their way “to The End,”
Lesley Wheeler’s “Poetry’s Possible Worlds” reviewed by Jane ZwartIn poetry and prose, Lesley Wheeler contends, “the ratio of sound to sense is different.”
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