'Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin' by Patrick Donnelly

This book’s title simultaneously draws one with its high diction and keeps one at bay and the first poem, “When in the Uterine Empyrean They Told Me” seemed to follow suit. Clearly, a poem that at once invokes Second Empire gowns, the King James Bible’s Song of Solomon and friends with benefits in less than… read more

'Annotated Glass' by Alyse Knorr

Alice emerges from the poems of Annotated Glass as the goddess Athena must have from Zeus’ head—after enormous pressure and wholly formed. One of the great satisfactions of reading this book is the surety of Alice as a person. The speaker in these poems brings with them an authority that securely carries the reader into… read more