Publishers Weekly Poetry Reviews

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PW Poetry Reviews September 2014

It’s a very gloomy, Dickensian day here in New York, so what better thing to do than hang out on Tumblr and read poetry reviews. Don’t go outside if you don’t need to. Finish up the poetry books you’re reading so you can grab some of these in a week or two. All late-September and October books below (and please, for the love of all that’s good in the world, get Paul Violi’s Selected Poems)…

Cinema of the Present. Lisa Robertson (Coach House)

Collected Poems. Mark Strand (Knopf)

Contraband of Hoopoe. Ewa Chrusciel (Omnidawn)

In a Landscape. John Gallaher (BOA)

Missing the Moon. Bin Ramke (Omnidawn)

Paul Violi: Selected Poems 1970-2007. Charles North and Tony Towle, eds. (Gingko/Rebel Arts)

The Poem She Didn’t Write and Other Poems. Olena Kalytiak Davis. (Copper Canyon)

A Progressive Education. Richard Howard (Turtle Point)

Storm Toward Morning. Malachi Black (Copper Canyon)

To Keep Time. Joseph Massey (Omnidawn)

Wunderkammer. Cynthia Cruz (Four Way)

Sep 03

PW Poetry Reviews September Amuse Bouche

Now that you’ve packed away your seersucker for the season, you can concentrate on what really matters fashion-wise: being seen in public with one of these books…

The Bottom. Betsy Andrews (42 Miles)

Ecodeviance: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness. CAConrad (Wave)

Precarious. Allan Peterson (42 Miles)

Prelude to Bruise. Saeed Jones (Coffee House)

Red Juice: Poems 1998–2008. Hoa Nguyen (Wave)

Rome. Dorothea Lasky (Norton/Liveright)

Soy Realidad. Tomaz Salamun (Dalkey Archive)

Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics. Andrew Ridker, ed. (Black Ocean)

The Book of Joshua. Zachary Schomburg (Black Ocean)

The Logan Notebooks. Rebecca Lindenberg (Colorado State Univ./Center for Literary Publishing)

Change Machine. Bruce Covey (Noemi)

Tweaky Village. Kevin Killian (Wonder)

Time Is a Toy: The Collected Poems of Michael Benedikt. John Gallaher & Laura Boss, eds. (Univ. of Akron)

Aug 19

PW Poetry Reviews August 2014

No messing about, this batch is what my grandfather would call “Big Time.”

Citizen: A Lyric. Claudia Rankine (Graywolf)

Splitting an Order. Ted Kooser (Copper Canyon)

Beast Feast. Cody-Rose Clevidence (Ahsahta)

Copia. Erika Meitner (BOA)

Once in the West. Christian Wiman (FSG)

Selected Works. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Norton)

Thousand Times Broken: Three Books. Henri Michaux (City Lights)

Titanic. Cecilia Corrigan (Lake Forest College/&Now Books)

Wallless Space. Ernst Meister (Wave)

Blue Hanuman. Joan Larkin (Hanging Loose)

Wolf Centos. Simone Muench (Sarabande)

Aug 05

PW Poetry Reviews August Amuse Bouche

The last time I ran some online reviews between print issues I called it the “amuse bouche,” so I’m going to keep doing that for the sake of consistency. This time around I have a load of April titles that were delayed for any number of reasons. A major reason is that every press thinks it’s a good idea to release their books in April. I get it, it’s National Poetry Month. But, publishers, check this out… it also means your books are competing for eyeballs with everyone else’s books. Something to think about for the future.

Anyway, here are the reviews!

The Burning Door. Tony Leuzzi (Tiger Bark)

Churches. Kevin Prufer (Four Way)

The Courier’s Archive & Hymnal. Joshua Marie Wilkinson (Sidebrow)

Dido in Winter. Anne Shaw (Persea)

The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon. Willie Perdomo (Penguin)

For Another Writing Back. Elaine Bleakney (Sidebrow)

Particle and Wave. Benjamin Landry (Chicago)

The Road to Emmaus. Spencer Reece (FSG)

Jul 22

PW Poetry Reviews July 2014

At the beach in bright sun; beneath a tree in the park; cowering in the cool of an air conditioner. Probability dictates you’re relaxing in one of these three spots these days, but you feel incomplete, because you don’t have one of these books in hand…

Faithful and Virtuous Night. Louise Glück (FSG)

Gabriel. Edward Hirsch (Knopf)

Broken Cage. Joseph P. Wood (Brooklyn Arts)

Inside Spiders. Leslie Shinn (Persea)

Monk Eats an Afro. Yolanda Wisher (Hanging Loose)

New Selected Poems. Les Murray (FSG)

The Ants. Sawaka Nakayasu (Les Figues)

From the Standard Cyclopedia of Recipes. B.C. Edwards (Black Lawrence)

The Infinitesimals. Laura Kasischke (Copper Canyon)

Second Childhood. Fanny Howe (Graywolf)

Glitter Bomb. Aaron Belz (Persea)

A Several World. Brian Blanchfield (Nightboat)

Without Compass. Benjamin Miller (Four Way)

Etruria. Rodney Koeneke (Wave)

Jun 17

PW Poetry Reviews June 2014

It’s the WORLD CUP EDITION, whatever that means. Hopefully you’re reading poetry in the hour between matches, and during halftime, and in the morning when you wake up, and before you fall asleep, and…

If the Tabloids Are True What Are You? Matthea Harvey (Graywolf)

Guantanamo. Frank Smith, trans. by Vanessa Place (Les Figues)

Backup Singers. Sommer Browning (Birds, LLC)

Hard Love Province. Marilyn Chin (Norton)

Corridor. Saskia Hamilton (Graywolf)

Its Day Being Gone. Rose McLarney (Penguin)

A Princess Magic Presto Spell. Lisa Jarnot (Solid Objects)

Who That Divines. Laura Moriarty (Nightboat)

House of Deer. Sasha Steensen (Fence)

Language Arts. Cedar Sigo (Wave)

Morning in Serra Mattu: A Nubian Ode. Arif Gamal (McSweeney’s)

Russian Novels. Luke Bloomfield (Factory Hollow)

Jun 03

June Amuse Bouche

PW’s poetry reviews run in the third issue of every month, but there are so many books to cover that we can never fit everything. Here’s a batch of already-released books to hold you over until June 16th, when the June batch will drop. —AC

A Table That Goes On for Miles. Stefania Heim, art by Rachel Farbriarz (Switchback)

Artificial Cherry. Billeh Nickerson (Arsenal Pulp)

A Conjoined Book: AFTERMATH & Become Tree, Become Bird. Karla Kelsey (Omnidawn)

Stop Wanting. Lizzie Harris (Cleveland State)

Want for Lion. Paige Taggart (Trembling Pillow)

Century Swept Brutal. Zach Savich (Black Ocean)

The Constitution. Brian Foley (Black Ocean)

Gray Matter. Sarah Michas-Martin (Fordham)

The Promise of Hope: New and Selected Poems. Kofi Awoonor (Nebraska)

May 21

PW Poetry Reviews May 2014

Drift. Caroline Bergvall (Nightboat)

Monkeys, Minor Planet, Average Star. Gracie Leavitt (Nightboat)

The World Shared. Darius Sosnicki (BOA)

Compass Rose. Arthur Sze (Copper Canyon)

E! Entertainment. Kate Durbin (Wonder)

]Exclosures[. Emily Abendroth (Ahsahta)

Gephyromania. TC Tolbert (Ahsahta)

Mad Honey Symposium. Sally Wen Mao (Alice James)

The TV Sutras. Dodie Bellamy (Ugly Duckling Presse)

Ultramegaprairieland. Elizabeth Workman (Bloof)

All You Ask for Is Longing. Sean Thomas Doughtery (BOA)

I Don’t Know Do You. Roberto Montes (Ampersand)

Pool [5 choruses]. Endi Bogue Hartigan (Omnidawn)

Talkativeness. Michael Earl Craig (Wave)

Imperial Bender. Amanda Smeltz (Typecast)

May 01

PW Poetry Reviews April 2014 (Part II)

And the second batch of April poetry reviews. (Check out Part I here)

All at Once. C.K. Williams (FSG)

Complicity. Adam Sol (McClelland & Stewart)

Designated Mourner. Catherine Owen (ECW)

Failure to Thrive. Suzannah Showler (ECW)

La Far. Eric Linsker (U. of Iowa)

Like a Beggar. Ellen Bass (Copper Canyon)

The Tame Magpie. Paul Violi (Hanging Loose)

The Theme of Tonight’s Party Has Been Changed. Dana Roeser (U. of Massachusetts)

This Way Out. Terrence Winch (Hanging Loose)

American Barricade. Danniel Schoonebeek (YesYes)

ATM. Christopher Salerno (Georgetown Review)

Does She Have a Name? George Witte (NY Quarterly)

You’re Going to Miss Me When You’re Bored. Justin Marks (Barrelhouse)