Reviews : Poetry

‘Blue Horses’ by Mary Oliver

Continuing an artistic renaissance that began with A Thousand Mornings, Mary Oliver’s latest poetry collection, Blue Horses, finds her exploring a new home and rediscovering love…. read more

'Make Love to Rage' by Morgan Robyn Collado

Rage / Making / Love. Trans, working-class, femme Columbian-Puerto Rican poet Morgan Robyn Collado splits her debut collection, Make Love to Rage, into these three sections that, when read alongside the book’s title, prompt essential questions: How does one “make love to rage,” how does one embrace their righteous furor at the injustices of  the… read more

'Blue Hanuman' by Joan Larkin

“for I am a dirty bird/no wire cage can save” -Joan Larkin, “Chicken” Joan Larkin has been praised extensively for her “ruthless” and self-examining poetry (LA Times, David Ulin), devoid of the trappings of cliché and sentimentality. Writing in the same kind of documentary poetics similar to Carolyn Forche, Larkin has a gift for making… read more

'A Several World' by Brian Blanchfield

“Unlike many master verse stylists, Blanchfield is bursting with things to say, and in ways that have not been said before. As a result, A Several World is a challenging, baffling, wonderful book.”… read more

'Prelude to Bruise' by Saeed Jones

“Using rhythm and invented rhyme as a vehicle, the poems in Prelude to Bruise sing a song of the self that manages to be both highly personal and wholly recognizable.”… read more

‘When I Was Straight’ by Julie Marie Wade

When I Was Straight offers a look into Wade’s “before and after:” the first half of the book tackles her life before coming out, and the second half details people’s reactions to learning that she’s a lesbian…. read more