Publishers Weekly Poetry Reviews

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)

Oct 28

PW Poetry Reviews October 2013


The Collected Poems by Denise Levertov (New Directors)

Collected Poems by Ron Padgett (Coffee House), Reviewed by David Lehman

The Earth Avails by Mark Wunderlich (Graywolf)

Enchantee by Angie Estes (Oberlin) 

Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea by Renee Ashley (Subito)

If A Storm by Anna Ross (Anhinga)

Neptune Park by Daniel Tiffany (Omnidawn)

El Dorado by Peter Campion (Chicago)

The Warmth of a Taxidermied Animal by Tytti Heikkinen. Translated by Niina Pollari (Action Books)

Alternative Medicine by Raphael Campo (Duke)

Phosphorescence of Thought by Peter O’Leary (Cultural Society)

Straight Razor by Randall Mann (Persea)

Aug 28

PW Poetry Reviews: August 2013


Stay, Illusion by Lucie Brock-Broido (Knopf)

Speculative Music by Jeff Dolvin (Sarabande)

Night Thoughts by Sarah Arvio (Knopf)

Blood by Shane McCrae (Noemi)

The Biscuit Joint by David Kirby (LSU)

People on Sunday by Geoffrey G. O’Brien (Wave)

Dear Life by Dennis O’Driscoll (Copper Canyon)

The Not Forever by Keith Waldrop (Omnidawn)

Milk & Filth by Carmen Jimenez Smith (Arizona)

Who Said by Jennifer Michael Hecht (Copper Canyon)

Headwaters by Ellen Bryant Voigt (Norton)

The Weather & Our Tempers by Dominique Townsend (BAP)

Jul 22

PW Poetry Reviews: July 2013

All the Odes by Pablo Neruda, trans. by Ilan Stavans (FSG)

Almanac by Austin Smith (Princeton)

The Book of Goodbyes by Jillian Weise (BOA)

The Accounts by Katie Peterson (Univ. of Chicago)

The Boss by Victoria Chang (McSweeney’s)

Marvelous Things Overheard by Angie Mlinko (FSG)

Wabac Machine by Martine Bellen (Furniture Press)

Go Giants by Nick Laird (Norton)

Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire by Brenda Hillman (Wesleyan)

The Loving Detail of the Living & The Dead by Eleni Sikelianos (Coffee House)

Jun 25

June 2013 PW Poetry Reviews

The Hotel Oneira by August Kleinzahler (FSG)

Swoop by Hailey Leithauser (Graywolf)

3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri (Graywolf)

The Forage House by Tess Taylor (Red Hen)

Vow by Rebecca Hazelton (Cleveland)

Material Girl by Laura Jaramillo (Subpress)

Undergloom by Prageeta Sharma (Fence)

Swamp Isthmus by Joshua Marie Wilkinson (Black Ocean)

In the Laurels, Caught by Lee Ann Brown (Fence)

Alight by Fady Joudah (Copper Canyon)

Rise in the Fall by Ana Bozicevic (Birds, LLC)

Articulated Lair by Camille Guthrie (Subpress)

Jun 24

May 2013 PW Poetry Reviews

Better late than never…

An Ethic by Christina Davis (Nightboat)

Imperial Nostalgias by Joshua Edwards (Ugly Duckling)

Adventures in the Lost Interiors of America by William D. Waltz (Cleveland)

Little Stranger by Lisa Olstein (Copper Canyon)

Viva Miscegenation by Brian Kim Stefans (Make Now)

The Stick Soldiers by Hugh Martin (BOA)

Joie de Vivre: Selected Poems 1992-2012 by Lisa Jarnot (City Lights)

While You Were Approaching the Spectacle but Before You Were Transformed by It by Lytton Smith (Nightboat)

Hello, the Roses by Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge (New Directions)

Sky Ward by Kazim Ali (Wesleyan)

Belmont by Stephen Burt (Graywolf)

…June reviews coming later this week.

Apr 21

Poetry Profiled 2013

PW talks to four poets with exciting new books in 2013: Tess Taylor, Shane McCrea, Nick Twemlow and Jillian Weise.