Category: Book Reviews

  • Review of Magdalene by Marie Howe

    Magdalene by Marie Howe W.W. Norton & Company; 96 pp Reviewed by Joshua Jones It’s no understatement to say poetry has been possessed by documentary lately—and with good reason. Books like Tyehimba Jess’s Olio, Jill McDonough’s Reaper, and many others do the heavy lifting of research to represent the underrepresented and to expose abusive power. Although […]

  • Review of Mezzanines by Matthew Olzmann

    Mezzanines by Matthew Olzmann; Alice James Books, 2013; 80 pp, Reviewed by Jeffrey W. Peterson I’d previously heard of Matthew Olzamann’s work through Vievee Francis, the poet he dedicates the book to, but I was only familiar with one poem. Upon completion, I realize Olzamann took me to intimate places, places between worlds where I […]

  • Review of Apocryphal by Lisa Marie Basile

    Apocryphal by Lisa Marie Basile;  Noctuary Press, 2014; 90 pp Reviewed by Janae Green I am in my mother’s leopard heels & we play house this way. it hurts to speak beneath this bustier but if I take it off, it just hurts. so I speak forever                 […]

  • ‘Sexual Boat (Sex Boats),’ by James Gendron

    By Janae Green  “I once moved to a house so old I was unequal to living there. I was hungry for two years, even while eating. My foot was just long enough to not touch the past.” —From “Stronger than Dirt,” by James Gendron For weeks all I thought about was pulsating waves; sex boats penetrating […]

  • ‘My Dead,’ by Amy Lawless

    ‘My Dead,’ by Amy Lawless

    By Janae Green “Poetry is a way to live, a way to talk about the world, a way for shit to matter. Literature and creation of poems is just one paradigm through which to make sense of the world.” —Amy Lawless in an interview with James Gendron at The Conversant. The dead never leave us, […]