“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."
Linda Pastan’s new collection, A Dog Runs Through It, is about the poet’s ownership and lifetime admiration of dogs, not only as pets but also as friends and teachers.
In We, the Almighty Fires, Anna Rose Welch proves yet again that sex and religion are always the best topics for poetry.
Violent, erotic, dreamlike, and weird: words that only scratch the surface in attempting to describe The Absolute Gravedigger, by Vítěslav Nezval. Mr.
Richard Elman (1934–1997) was a major figure in literary circles of the latter part of the last century, a consequential presence in our culture’s “scene.” Known primarily as a novelist—for such no
“Readers will be moved by this carefully crafted collection. It is entirely new and innovative.”
“Ashbery’s work is an assemblage fashioned by a genius, and They Knew What They Wanted is a great tribute, an absolute treasure.”
In his 1980 Nobel Lecture, Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz said that the poet’s true vocation is to contemplate Being.
“an exciting collection . . .”
“Each poem is an invitation to join the songs still playing in his head where reflection, nostalgia, and love are bound.”
“Thousands is an experimental confession that discards pedestrian forms to challenge the reader with unique, creative points of view to discover the writer within.
“Lynn Powell transforms experience and language itself into a revelation . . .”
“Never mind that his art is almost always sexually themed, frequently violent, and often flawed. It is nonetheless art.”
“Images coagulate and dissolve in a kaleidoscope of language.”
“Sealey’s passions radiate and radiate through these poems.”