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
Caroline Knox’s poetry collection Hear Trains seems to arrive from another era. Its strong early poems are rural, sensory affairs.
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.
“He who learns must suffer.
“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.”
“Landau’s deft touch allows her to shape poems of subtle nuance and strength, poems that build paradox upon paradox . . .”
“Swift: New and Selected Poems reads like a poetic encyclopedia, a fusion of art, science, mathematics.
“As literary genres go, poetry is among the most democratic and fluid, with sub-genres to accommodate the intentional breaking of rules, the joyous flouting of form, and the expression of a
“To journey with Robert Huff . . . is to take a long hard look at the world and the self.”
“In that larger tradition of transcendent art, if we let them into our hearts, these new poems from Jericho Brown will awe and unsettle us.”
“The great strength of Williams’ collection and of his vision is, in the end, its capaciousness, his ability to speak contradictory truths, to remind us that the same fire that burns also s
“Skaja knows exactly how to engage nature, readers, and life.”
“priceless . . .
“Blanco’s power as a poet lies in the singular intimacy, structural craft, intoxicating imagery, and inner rhythms of his verse.”
“this is a book by a talented teller who tells his tales with love for his reader, cleverly but responsibly (never cheating literature), the beauty and imagery of the verse providing a thor
Ilya Kaminsky’s second book of poetry, Deaf Republic, contains some of the most exquisite lines you’ll find in contemporary poetry, lines that vibrate with soft-spoken yet urgent, ethical
“Shaughnessy’s work is a highly original look at the world as it is today and the dangers we seem intent on inflicting upon ourselves.
“Its exercise in deeper sight works like a certain clairvoyance, as you realize the dancing you heard before, was the sound of feet trying to run from oblivion, to save themselves by provin
“W. S. Merwin’s The Mays of Ventadorn beautifully combines literary autobiography with literary history . . .”
"Bukowski tells us: 'Drinking is a form of suicide where you’re allowed to return to life and begin all over the next day.'”
“Graham’s poems are dense with meter and immersed in sound. They are living things that only surrender their technical cleverness to the human voice.
Readers of poetry and listeners of classical music share something in common: each must engage in a push-pull to extract maximum benefit.
“Laux is not afraid of grotesque details. She writes truthfully to engage readers with images we know. She commiserates.”
“perhaps Dawson is a gardener, gently lifting away weeds and leaving the reader ready for the seeds she will sow.”
James Magee is renowned for his remote architectural sculpture, most famously “The Hill,” which he has been creating for 40 years or so on 2000 acres of land he owns outside of El Paso, Texas.