The Rumpus Weekly Review of Books


Citizen: An American Lyric is a new collection of poetry by Claudia Rankine about everyday political frictions and interactions. Shaelyn Smith comments on Rankine’s poetic insights into privilege and identity.

Black Lake is reminiscent of the early 2000s film Life as a House, but with more drama. Ted McLoof reviews this modern “family portrait.”

After appearing in the the New Yorker over the last fifteen years, Donald Antrim’s short stories have finally been collected in a book, The Emerald Light in The Air. Cara Blue Adams’s review explores the much-anticipated stories.

Julie Marie Wade has an enthusiastic review of Kelli Russell Agodon’s latest collection of poems, Hourglass Museum, which she calls “an intricate origami of linguistic relationships.”

Geoff Dyer, travel writer of the “slacker intellectual” variety, has a new work of nonfiction, Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush, which is exactly what you might imagine it to be. Or at least that’s how Clinton Crockett Peters portrays it in his warm review.

And in Rumpus Interviews, Anisse Gross and Thomas Page McBee chat about The Rumpus community and change.

Julie Morse lives in San Francisco and is a poetry teacher. She can be found @JulieMorse16. More from this author →