“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.
“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 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.”
“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.”
“Kingsolver grants strong attention to personal memories and historical images. She also engages nature. Everyone will find poems to enjoy.”
“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
“Nina Clements has created a family epic with characters who will haunt you for a lifetime. . .
“. . . the poems in Glamourous Life are stories, memorable stories to revisit and reconnect with.”
“Solie's poetry is as refreshing as are the words of lovers who meet for the first time and etch their hearts in the stone of the Caiplie caves.”
“Klink is a vatic poet, a seer not just of the body but of bodies in relationship to one another, bodies in relation to the natural world, to the universe both inner and outer.
Audubon’s Sparrow is a unique book, a biography in poems of John James Audubon’s wife Lucy Bakewell.
"Montale generates a new world of radiant objects and ideas in his long poetry career."
“The substance behind Shrapnel Maps is substantial and groundbreaking, and poet Philip Metres has created a compelling work within its covers that will bring a new view to everyone
“Ledger records Hirshfield’s most intimate sentiment as she navigates her surroundings, some of which are so profound that words cannot describe them.”
“A Nail the Evening Hangs On is fiery, trauma-stricken, tender, and complicated.
“John Sibley Williams’ poetry gives us hope we can, indeed, get out of the way, if only for the moment through the poet’s words and voice, in short, his song.”
“travels beyond faith into politics and the soul.”
“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