Reviews

Carrying the Songs by Moya Cannon

Carrying the Songs by Moya Cannon

Moya Cannon’s latest collection, Carrying the Songs, features stunning new poems along with selected poems from her previous collections, Oar and The Parchment Boat.   Cannon’s title poem begins with the lines: “It was always those with little else to carry / who carried the songs.”  Her insights into the deep human need for music are deft and evocative. Music […]

Zephyr by Susan Browne

Zephyr by Susan Browne

What does it mean to write poems about love, mortality, and sadness in the beginning of the 21st Century? How does a poet go about tackling such dead horses in ways that make them wildly hysterical, unbearably familiar, and jaw-droppingly outrageous? Susan Browne’s prize-winning second collection Zephyr slaps the dead horses to life and rides them through the fairytale land […]

Lucky Fish by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Lucky Fish by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is a poet who delights readers with her keen view of the world, which is often influenced by her insatiable wonder and her travels; this year, she gives us the gift of a beautiful third book, Lucky Fish. The book is her invitation for readers to join her in a sensual experience of the world and all its […]

Sobbing Superpower by Tadeusz Różewicz

Sobbing Superpower by Tadeusz Różewicz

Różewicz draws attention to the defilement of language, and depicts its failure in the modern world by using the recurring image of a knife that has outlived its usefulness: we have filed it down to a dull instrument. Tadeusz Różewicz is often characterized as a poet of simple diction who denies the existence of grand ideas. Edward Hirsch fittingly introduces […]

Days of Unwilling by Cal Bedient

Days of Unwilling by Cal Bedient

In his new poetry collection, Days of Unwilling, Cal Bedient resurrects Odysseus to navigate a 21st century world, and more specifically, modern America. This new odyssey is not a narrative, epic poem, but rather a surprising, tragicomic exploration of the male ego, language, and American myth.   Bedient pegs Odysseus as the essence of machismo from the first poem, “What […]

Chronic by D.A. Powell

Chronic by D.A. Powell

Chronic marks the first time a truly Plathian anger has entered his work   With Chronic, D.A. Powell’s fourth collection of poetry since 1998, the poet introduces a change in tone and syntax that marks a shift in his approach to his subject matter.  Whereas Tea, Lunch, and Cocktails frequently address living with AIDS and specifics of the disease, Chronic […]


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