Publishers Weekly Poetry Reviews

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)

Apr 28

PW Poetry Reviews April 2014 (Part I)

April, being April, was a huge month for new poetry releases. Here’s the first batch:

Directing Herbert White. James Franco (Graywolf)

Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments. Elise Cowen, ed. by Tony Trigilio (Ahsahta)

Eruv. Eryn Green (Yale)

A Hotel in Belgium. Brett Fletcher Lauer (Four Way)

Modernist Women Poets: An Anthology. Robert Hass & Paul Ebenkamp, eds. (Counterpoint)

Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals. Patricia Lockwood (Penguin)

Rag. Julie Carr (Omnidawn)

Selected Poems. Mark Ford (Coffee House)

This Blue. Maureen N. McLane (FSG)

The Tulip-Flame. Chloe Honum (Cleveland State Univ. Poetry Center)

Apr 01

PW Poetry Reviews March 2014

This ain’t no April fools, this is the good stuff from March and all its madness…

And Short the Season. Maxine Kumin (Norton)

Control Bird Alt Delete. Alexandria Peary (Iowa)

Foxes on the Trampoline. Charlotte Boulay (Ecco)

I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan. Trans. from the Pashto by Eliza Griswold, with photos by Seamus Murphy (FSG)

Money Money Money Water Water Water. Jane Mead (Alice James)

Peace. Gillian Conoley (Omnidawn)

Revising the Storm. Geffrey Davis (BOA Editions)

Sun Bear. Matthew Zapruder (Copper Canyon)

Caribou. Charles Wright (FSG)

Death & Disaster Series. Lonely Christopher (Monk Books)

In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987–2011. Peter Gizzi (Wesleyan)

Your Moon. Ralph Angel (New Issues)

Mar 27

NYC/CUNY Chapbook Festival -

We don’t get to cover poetry chapbooks at PW, but that doesn’t mean they’re not an integral part of our community. If you’re in NYC next week, make sure to stop by and see what’s new and catch some readings.

Feb 24

PW Poetry Reviews February 2014

For anyone attending AWP in Seattle this week, keep an eye out for some of these titles.

Hustle. David Tomas Martinez (Sarabande)

Cadaver, Speak. Marianne Boruch (Copper Canyon)

The Pedestrians. Rachel Zucker (Wave)

Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems. J.D. McClatchy (Knopf)

Split. Cathy Linh Che (Alice James)

Bicentennial. Dan Chiasson (Knopf)

Book of Hours. Kevin Young (Knopf)

How to Dance as the Roof Caves In. Nick Lantz (Graywolf)

Jump Soul: New and Selected Poems. Charlie Smith (Norton)

The Moon Before Morning. W.S. Merwin (Copper Canyon)

Natural History Rape Museum. Danielle Pafunda (Bloof)

Scarecrone. Melissa Broder (Publishing Genius)

Endarkenment. Arkadii Dragomoshchenko (Wesleyan)

Eternal Patrol. Russell Dillon (Forklift)

Feb 04

PW Poetry Reviews January 2014

Yes, yes, they’re a week late, but trust us, they’re worth it

Someone Else’s Wedding Vows by Bianca Stone (Tin House/Octopus Books)

They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full by Mark Bibbins (Copper Canyon)

The Invention of Influence by Peter Cole (New Directions)

The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog by Alicia Suskin Ostriker (U. of Pittsburgh)

Rain of the Future by Valerie Mejer (Action Books)

Ark by Ronald Johnson (Flood)

As Much As, If Not More Than by H.L. Hix (Etruscan)

Beyond the Chainlink by Rusty Morrison (Ahsahta)

Dear Stranger by Jenny Browne (U. of Tampa)

Lines of Defense by Stephen Dunn (Norton)

Practice on Mountains by David Bartone (Ahsahta)

Tombo by W.S. DiPiero (McSweeney’s)