Poetry

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“For over 30 years, Sharon Olds has been writing poems about the unspeakable: bad love, great love, death, childbirth, child abuse, illness, oppression, rape, racism, violence, and sexism.”

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There is a gift that surprises in the poems of Fanny Howe’s latest book of poetry, Love and I, and that gift is trust.

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“these are heady themes, but Moffett handles them with a sure hand, managing the magic, directing its music.”

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“Balaban satisfies all in this collection of permanent memories, memories of war, showgirls, coyotes, and so many more.”

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“It is somewhere in the fearful and joyful fragility of love where Matthew Zapruder’s readers are brought ‘to that place beyond words.’”

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“Bierds writes powerful poems framed by eternal history.”

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“Graber’s great achievement in this masterful collection is that though we never feel the same life flowing twice through any one of her poems, we profoundly feel the myriad ways we are con

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You pick it up. The cover reads I Will Destroy You: Poems, Nick Flynn. There is a forest nymph dancing with a bear. Cool, you think.

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fine literature, from beyond the borders of the English-speaking sensibilities.

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Poetic culture still grapples with the question, what is the proper subject for poetry?

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“Harjo evokes images, emotions, and places in a poetic biography of family perseverance. She proves sentiment.”

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There’s a lot to be learned about Nick Laird and his poetry just from stopping with his title for a minute or two. First, there is the simple, colloquial casualness of the words.

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Raven is delightful, both the book of poems by John Smelcer and the character capable of playing any role in this poetic movie of all our lives that Smelcer has written.

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“Neruda makes us fledgling children in a fascinating world, a world glittered by pure sentiment.”  

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“Eve L. Ewing has achieved what the historian cannot. She has restored the blood and sweat to the historical record of a tragic moment in the history of the nation.”

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“The sheer heft of the two volumes only hints at the vast poetical output of Ammons, a variegated array of poeticules and epics, intimate confessions and scientific hymns, wordplay and wond

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“The range of Rollins’ poetic skill is remarkable. The result is a collection of poetry which is magnificently crafted, readable, and crucially important.”

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“Harrison’s poetry transcends pedestrian landscapes to inspire sentimental memories, as if epiphanies.”

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Anthologies of poetry tend to resist reviews, but when a collection like the humorously named Halal If You Hear Me, (halal, at play with holler, is the Arabic word for pure or kosher) sets

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Appropriately, given the current challenges faced by women of color, the last few years have seen a resurgence and a reclaiming of the contributions of non-white, non-binary feminist poets.

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Caroline Knox’s poetry collection Hear Trains seems to arrive from another era. Its strong early poems are rural, sensory affairs.

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“He who learns must suffer.

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“There is suffering in this collection and death, joy and heartbreak, and always, there is unyielding passion and unconquerable desire, the erotic silk strands down which each day slides.”

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“Landau’s deft touch allows her to shape poems of subtle nuance and strength, poems that build paradox upon paradox . . .”

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“Swift: New and Selected Poems reads like a poetic encyclopedia, a fusion of art, science, mathematics.

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