‘Sea and Fog’ by Etel Adnan

The sea: perhaps the original literary symbol, embodying life, death, and endless change. The fog: mysterious, atmospheric, and sometimes deadly. Etel Adnan’s new collection, named for the elements on which it meditates, offers darkly contemplative verse pondering the contemporary human condition.

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'Noctilucent' by Melissa Buckheit

That which is noctilucent sends self-generated light through the darkness. Night-shining clouds high in the atmosphere, for instance. Stars. A poetry collection with such a title could situate its verse nowhere but the open spaces of the universe. Much like the constellations we observe far out there, Melissa Buckheit’s Noctilucent (Shearsman Books) is in many ways… read more

'I Want to Make You Safe' By Amy King

Amy King’s poems aren’t a walk in the park. They’re a hustle down a city street, an unflinching look at what can be found: a rusted car, a lawn chair, a bright thread snagged on a fence. They’re not always pretty, and they’re rarely easy, but they force us to see that which we would… read more

'Cow' by Susan Hawthorne

Red cow, blue cow, black cow. A golden calf and a moon-jumping heifer. Figures that often grace pastoral landscapes or children’s books have wandered into the realm of poetry. Susan Hawthorne’s latest collection, Cow, blends the bovine figure with ancient mythologies to re-envision history for modern women…. read more

'15 Ways to Stay Alive' by Daphne Gottlieb

Daphne Gottlieb’s latest poetry collection, true to its title, is a fight for survival in a world rife with conflict, oppression, disaster, and heartbreak. There is no respite. Moments of pure beauty are so few as to be jarring. This is poetry that tells its unflinching truth…. read more

‘The Takeaway Bin’ by Toni Mirosevich

“Free” is universally appreciated concept. Free items, free expression, and of course, freedom from constraints or burdens—all of these figure into Toni Mirosevich’s latest poetry collection, The Takeaway Bin (Spuyten Duyvil). The free exploration of modern oddities, paradoxes, and our dysfunctional world amuse readers with pun and word play, but the collection struggles to free… read more

'The Songs of António Botto' trans. Fernando Pessoa, ed. Josiah Blackmore

Poets, whether by design or accident, capture and preserve a moment in time with every poem. This is particularly true of poets whose work has a particular historical resonance—Anne Sexton exploring women’s experiences on the cusp of second-wave feminism, for instance, or Anna Akhmatova writing about Soviet oppression. António Botto likewise preserves in his lyrics… read more

'the lake has no saint' by Stacey Waite

The smell of crayons in a first grade classroom. Red toadstools under a gum tree. Those minuscule pieces of memory that we can’t shake often give way, for poets, to poems—sometimes as a “trigger” that initiates the piece but does not stay in it, other times as the unassuming vehicle of the poem’s insight…. read more

'Love Is A Map I Must Not Set On Fire' by Carol Guess

Love Is A Map I Must Not Set On Fire is and is not a poetry collection. It may or may not be a commentary on September 11 and the wars that followed. What it might be best described as is an extended narrative explaining how we as humans survive in a politicized world fraught… read more