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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

PW Poetry Reviews: April 2013

Happy National Poetry Month.  Here are this month’s PW Poetry Reviews!

The Best of the Best American Poetry edited by David Lehman and Robert Pinsky (Scribner)

Partially Kept by Martha Ronk (Nightboat)

Silverchest by Carl Philips (FSG)

The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed By A Fish by Joshua Weiner (Chicago)

Duppey Conquerer: New and Selected Poems by Kwame Dawes (Copper Canyon)

The Collected Poems by Marcel Proust (Penguin)

The Divine Comedy by Dante, trans. by Clive James (Norton/ Liveright)

Palm Trees by Nick Twemlow (Green Lantern)

Phantom Camera by Jaswinder Bolina (New Issues)

88 Sonnets by Clark Coolidge (Fence)

The Moon’s Jaw by Rauan Klassnik (Black Ocean)

New Directions Poetry Pamphlets 1-4 by Lydia Davis, Eliot Weinberger, Bernadette Mayer, Susan Howe and Sylvia Legris (New Directions)

Charles Simic Profiled

PW begins its National Poetry Month celebrations with a profile of the esteemed Charles Simic.