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Our Recognizable, Difficult, Earthly Kingdom: Such Color by Tracy K. Smith

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Composition here becomes a process of discernment rather than pure creation.

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Startling Juxtapositions: Pilot Impostor by James Hannaham

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Hannaham reserves his most vivifying language for planes and crashes.

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Writing from the Bottom: Active Reception by Noah Ross

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Active Reception writes into the place where language fails.

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Bringing to Light: A Gathering and Tethering of Memory in Darla Himeles’s Cleave

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Poems echo, rebound, and speak to one another.

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Bright Buoy, Dark Sea: Kelli Russell Agodon’s Dialogues with Rising Tides

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Like a buoy, Agodon’s poems rise above and go below the surface.

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Projective Wonder: Imagine Us, the Swarm by Muriel Leung

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The individual and the crowd might prove as false a binary as anything else, even that [perforated] line sketched between poetry and prose.

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Birth Stories: Kendra DeColo’s I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World

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The speaker is both ruthlessly in her body and simultaneously elsewhere.

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Of Language and Lineage: Carlina Duan’s Alien Miss

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All the while, the sound of the poetry behind the telling is sharp, rhythmic, and controlled.

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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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