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Posts Tagged: poetry review

A Multi-Modal Study of Exquisite Blackness: Krista Franklin’s Too Much Midnight

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In Franklin’s telling, we are not just born, but fervent in our existence.

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Inner Conversations Projected on a Surface: Bruno K. Öijer’s The Trilogy

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A family’s grief traps generations in a search for insight.

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To Set Asunder: The Separation and Synthesis of Tiana Nobile’s Cleave

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A word becomes a reckoning, a reconciling of contradiction.

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Electric Synthesis: Drakkar Noir by Michael Chang

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Chang’s style imitates internet culture and the patterns of an anxious mind. But there’s also glamour.

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Word by Word, Brick by Brick: Christine Larusso’s There Will Be No More Daughters

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In other words: Larusso does some remarkably heavy lifting in this book.

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Exorcising Whiteness: Khalisa Rae’s Ghost in a Black Girl’s Throat

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Rae presents America as seen through Black girls’ eyes, experienced by our bodies.

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A Space of Sanctuary: Mother Country by Elana Bell

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The body, like a country, holds so much, and all at once.

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The Light Endures: 13th Balloon by Mark Bibbins

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Grief begs to be analogized, not to be tamed exactly, but somehow made approachable.

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A Poetics of Questions: The Bower by Connie Voisine

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To learn is perhaps Voisine’s primary goal in writing the poems in The Bower.

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Not Looking Away: The State She’s In by Lesley Wheeler

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But look at this poet-speaker speaking the unspeakable!

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A Language for Extinction: Zaina Alsous’s A Theory of Birds

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And if you ask of her to come to you, her answer is refusal.

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The Violent and the Sensual: original kink by Jubi Arriola-Headley

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Violence can be turned around, turned into pleasure, or an act of freedom, or an act of defiance.

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In and of the Wreck: Together in a Sudden Strangeness

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In its imagery and mood, the collection feels distinctly April.

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The Worlds We Inhabit: Home: New Arabic Poems

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These writers expand the meaning of the word home by virtue of their lives and their writing.

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Barbara Berman’s 2020 Holiday Poetry Shout-Out

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Barbara Berman reviews four books in her 2020 Holiday Poetry Shout-Out

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Documenting Existence: Deed by Justin Wymer

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Wymer is grappling with survival, with the cost of the duplicity of identity.

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Still Wouldst Thou Sing: Nightingale by Paisley Rekdal

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Figures from antiquity—those masks of learned, privileged poets—are rendered utterly contemporary, down to earth.

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What We Need: Juan Felipe Herrera, Maw Shein Win, and John Freeman

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Barbara Berman reviews Every Day We Get More Illegal, Storage Unit for the Spirit House, and The Park.

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Beloved Names and Incantatory Powers: heidi andrea restrepo rhodes’s The Inheritance of Haunting

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And so it is an exorcism, yes, but also a song.

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The Sound of Beginning: Birthright by George Abraham

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These poems present a challenge to the typically imposed strictures of ownership, narrative, and solution.

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