“Mphanza’s poetry is for sure African; it is also international, speaking to all continents and peoples. Good poetry transcends geographical borders.”
Margaret Atwood is, at this moment in history, probably the most distinguished and most widely admired English-language writer who still hasn’t won the Nobel Prize for literature.
Acclaimed poet Uche Nduka weaves a kind of simple intimacy into his collection, Facing You, opting for unsentimental sentimentality while also shattering any preconceived notions the reade
The modern, post COVID feel of the word longing is different, isn’t it? A longing is now more than a want. Maybe even more than a need. Poet Natalie Shapero gets that.
This low, lazy, fattening, and frustrating last year has been a bad one for society, but just fine for medication: cholesterol medication, blood pressure medication, anxiety medication.
“seeing, feeling, remembering, transforming, articulating what was, what is, what could have been. If only.”
“Dear Ms. Schubert is an admirable addition to international literature, a gift to the English-speaking world . . .”
“In Nobody, Oswald has managed to water-bend: she is the magician, and the reader is her entranced audience.”
Leafing through any collection of Roger Ballen’s photographs is a bit like making love under a mirrored ceiling: none of it looks attractive, but it all feels terribly exciting.
“Any reader looking to be challenged, comforted, questioned, enveloped, and seen needs to pick up a copy of Indigo immediately.
“Quinn provides a welcome collection of creative healing.”
“Balancing and mixing, with rhyme and reason, love and anger, good and bad, memory and the created present, all to tell the story of a life, a memoir unrestrained, devoid o
“The raw sensuality, the winsome yen of her language and its ‘small gifts laden with love’s intentions’ leaves no doubt to the reader about the anonymous others she carries through the work
We’ve all, at some point, had this experience: tidying up, digging around, cleaning out the drawers, or fussing about the attic, we find . . .
“we are the beneficiaries of not only the hard-won wisdom of a life well-lived but the tonal and thematic variations of a musician poet attuned to the nuance of the pain we, each of us, car
“rather than trying to escape the past, we must instead accept the fact that the past lives with us and within us, and therefore, like it or not, we move back and forth through it daily.”
“On Imagination” is the opening poem in Library of American’s African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song. It was written by Phillis Wheatley in the mid-17th century.
“Becoming familiar with the Elizabethan language is not easy, but Edmondson and Wells have taken it to a new level with their detail and final explanations.”
“This is a very fast read, regardless of how one feels about the current administration.”
“this collection is transcendent in its authority and eternal power.”
“Kingsolver grants strong attention to personal memories and historical images. She also engages nature. Everyone will find poems to enjoy.”
“Nina Clements has created a family epic with characters who will haunt you for a lifetime. . .
“In Sloat’s peculiar genius, in Hotel Almighty, she sets out to prove that there is ‘more than one way to chase away misery’ and she has done it by crafting beautifully rendered po
Amit Majmudar, the first poet laureate of Ohio, brings a lot to the table: South Asian heritage, Hindu spirituality, immigration awareness, novel-writing praxis, and physician’s knowledge of radiol
“. . . the poems in Glamourous Life are stories, memorable stories to revisit and reconnect with.”