'Advice from the Lights' by Stephen Burt

On the one hand, Advice from the Lights is deft, bubbly, poised, polished, consistently witty, affecting an air of light verse. On the other, it is a document of barely constrained, messy emotion. … read more

'Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul' by Ryka Aoki

Following up her 2014 novel, He Mele A Hilo, Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul is Ryka Aoki’s first book dedicated completely to poetry. It collects her 2010 chapbook sequence about Los Angeles, Sometimes Too Hot The Eye Of Heaven Shines, and an older long poem, “No More Hiroshimas,” together with three new… read more

‘Baltimore: A Love Letter’ by Dane Figueroa Edidi

The book develops and deploys a sophisticated analysis of structural oppression, through the related categories of racism, exploitation, colonialism and transphobia, and of the ways this plays out as personal experience… read more