“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.”
“Balaban satisfies all in this collection of permanent memories, memories of war, showgirls, coyotes, and so many more.”
“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
“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.”
“Skaja knows exactly how to engage nature, readers, and life.”
“priceless . . .
"Bukowski tells us: 'Drinking is a form of suicide where you’re allowed to return to life and begin all over the next day.'”
Readers of poetry and listeners of classical music share something in common: each must engage in a push-pull to extract maximum benefit.
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.
“Bly writes with a naturalist’s eye and sage view to derive permanent human emotions from natural beauty. . . . an honor to read.”
“Either the world will burst through the pipes and walls, or weltschmerz will pull our beautifully-arranged bookcases down around our ears.
“this thoughtfully selected span of Gunn’s poetry is not only an immensely pleasurable read but also a master-class in poetic form.”
“gorgeous collection of complex poetry.”
A. E. Stallings’ reputation as a poet is already established. She has the distinction of being a McArthur Fellow (2011), that peculiar laurel that bestows “genius” on the recipient.
“Buck’s poems are startling, insightful, and inscrutable. The reader may conjecture what the poems mean but without the comfort of ever knowing. That’s good poetry.”
Katie Ford’s fourth book, If You Have to Go is full of wounded, distrustful, deeply inward yet insistent verse that, from the very first line of the first poem, seems to push readers away—
Whether it’s God or fate or karma or randomness, how should we respond when life skewers us with loss and cruel reshaping of dreams into walking nightmares?
When reading the other reviews of Barnett’s Human Hours, one begins to wonder if the reviewers actually read it.
“These poems glow with interiority—profound, intense, spiritual.”
Stanger on Earth by Richard Jones is a collection of personal poems inspired by landscapes, ranging from Virginia to Italy, and beyond.
In Rembrandt’s painting, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, a child leans in the window, smiling, looking at everything the rich world has to offer her, including a bowl of frui
“a brilliantly moving book.”
“readers will enjoy its original, ironic, satirical, and often humorous poems.”
Carol Muske-Dukes opens her eighth collection of poems with a vision of life seen all the more radiant for its closeness to death.
"[Kooser's] craft is to be cherished in a world where contemporary poetry, especially visual poetry, is frequently misunderstood."