'Tweaky Village' by Kevin Killian

Tweaky Village takes scrambled bits of pop culture, light, and color, and reassembles them into flickering lines that create, ultimately, a cohesive, captivating picture
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'Love-in-Idleness' by Christopher Hennessy

Christopher Hennessy, who edited the wonderful Outside the Lines: Talking with Contemporary Gay Poets, is no stranger to modern—or postmodern—poetry. In that book, his interviews with Carl Phillips, Thom Gunn, and Timothy Liu, among others, evince intimate, illuminating responses from some of our best writers…. read more

'Next Extinct Mammal' by Ruben Quesada

Reading Next Extinct Mammal (Greenhouse Review Press), the debut collection from Ruben Quesada, is like sifting through a box of small, rare gems. The poems, which range from tight sonnets to plainspoken prose poems to free verse, blend Western traditions and delicate prosody with refreshingly bold subject matter…. read more

'Mad for Meat' by Kevin Simmonds

Few young poets today write with the lacerating chutzpah of Langston Hughes’ “Dream Deferred,” Gwendolyn Brooks’ “The Mother,” or Ginsberg’s “Please Master,” so imagine my delight when I picked up a copy of Kevin Simmonds’ first solo collection… … read more

“Philip Levine and Other Mediocrities": Does the Huffington Post Hate Poetry?

Reviewing the Reviewer Last Wednesday it was announced that Philip Levine will be the next U.S. Poet Laureate. The following Saturday, presumably acting on the assumption that working-class poets, or poets in general, enjoy too much popularity and unchecked power, the Huffington Post issued what looked at first glance like a call for impeachment…. read more

'Christian Publishers and Authors Can Stop Worrying and Embrace Same Sex Couples'

Come Out of the Woods, Christian Soldiers; World War Gay Has Ended: In this oft hilarious yet fact-ridden piece, author John Shore explains why Christian publishers and authors who support same-sex couples should finally stop hiding from the feared “blue-haired lady.” This term refers to conservative owners of the Christian book stores to which publishers… read more

'Cool Limbo' by Michael Montlack

If any poetry collection by a first-time author can be called “much anticipated,” Cool Limbo (NYQ Books) is it. Michael Montlack, editor of the Lambda Literary Award-nominated essay collection My Diva, has been entertaining audiences at readings for the past decade with poems that are consistently witty, edgy and sharp; at their best, they cut… read more

Susan Sontag and the Hetero Presumption

Reviewing the Reviewer In “A Very Public Intellectual,” ostensibly a review of Sigrid Nunez’s Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag (Atlas & Co) in last Sunday’s Wall Street Journal, writer Joseph Epstein aptly observes that “[a]nyone with the least intellectual pretension seemed to have heard of, if not read, her.” But then, just two… read more

'Dunstan Thompson' ed. by D.A. Powell and Kevin Prufer

We’re told not to judge a book by its cover, but just look at the pillow-lipped, sleepy-eyed poet gazing out from a soft-focus 1940s sepiatone on Dunstan Thompson: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master and your hunch is bound to be right. What’s inside is just as out of the ordinary… read more