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.

PW Poetry Reviews: March 2013


This month’s reviews!

Red Doc> by Anne Carson (Knopf)

The Rose of January by Geoffrey Nutter (Wave)

The Late Parade by Adam Fitzgerald (Liveright)

Light and Heavy Things by Zeeshan Sahil (BOA)

The Exchange by Sophie Cabot Black (Graywolf)

Refuge by Adrie Kusserow (BOA)

Companion Grasses by Brian Teare (Omnidawn)

A Glossary of Chickens by Gary J. Whitehead (Princeton)

Elegy Owed by Bob Hicok (Copper Canyon)

Debts & Lessons by Lynn Xu (Omnidawn)

X by Dan Chelotti (McSweeney’s)

Mellow Actions  by Brandon Downing (Fence)

February 2013 PW Poetry Reviews

Flemish by Carolyn Knox (Wave)

Westerly by Will Schutt (Yale)

Obscenely Yours by Angelo Nikolopoulos (Alice James)

The Cineaste by A. Van Jordan

Begging For It by Alex Dimitrov (Four Way)

New and Selected Poems: 1962-2012 by Charles Simic (HMH)

Senegal Taxi by Juan Felipe Hererra (Arizona)

Trace by Eric Pankey (Milkweed)

Flood Bloom by Caroline Cabrera (H_ngm_an)

January 2013 PW Poetry Reviews

I’m late in posting these.  Just eight last month.  The usual twelve coming this month.

Metaphysical Dog by Frank Bidart (FSG)

The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral edited by Joshua Corey and G.C. Waldrep (Ahsahta)

Incarnadine by Mary Szybist (Graywolf)

Young Tambling by Kate Greenstreet (Ahsahta)

Collected Poems by Joseph Ceravolo (Wesleyan)

\blak\ \al-fe bet\ by Mitchell L.H. Douglas (Persea)

Loom by Sarah Gridley (Omnidawn)

You Good Thing by Dara Wier (Wave)

PW Poetry Reviews: December 2012

Just a few reviews this month…happy holidays!

Quick Question by John Ashbery (Ecco)

The Virtues of Poetry: Essays by James Longenbach (Graywolf)

Song & Error by Averill Curdy (FSG)

Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, Second Edition edited by Paul Hoover (Norton)

Just Saying by Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan)

Birds of the Air by David Yezzi (Carnegie-Mellon)

Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry edited by Charles Henry Rowell (Norton)

Salt Pier by Dore Kiesselbach (Pitt)

PW Poetry Reviews: November 2012

Lit from Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books ed. by Anne Marie Macari and Carey Salerno (Alice James Books)

The Collected Early Poems and Plays by Robert Duncan, ed. by Peter Quartermain (California)

Collected Poems of Ai by Ai (Norton)

It Becomes You by Dobby Gibson (Graywolf)

Book of Dog by Cleopatra Mathis (Sarabande)

The Oracle of Hollywood Boulevard by Dana Goodyear (Norton)

Black Crow Dress by Roxane Beth Johnson (Alice James Books)

City of Rivers by Jubair Ahmed (McSweeney’s)

Vanitas, Rough by Lisa Russ Spaar (Persea)

Maybe the Saddest Thing by Marcus Wicker (HarperCollins)

The Wanted by Michael Tyrell (National Poetry Review Press)

Writers Writing Dying by C.K. Williams (FSG)

PW’s Best Poetry Books of 2012

PW Poetry Reviews: October 2012

New books by Paul Muldoon, Oni Buchanan, Rachel Hadas and others!

The Word on the Street by Paul Muldoon (FSG)
Stele by Cole Swensen (Post-Apollo)
Passwords Primevil: 20 American Poets in Their Own Words by Anthony Leuzzi (BOA)
Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva trans. by Ilya Kaminsky and Jean Valentine (Alice James)
Must a Violence by Oni Buchanan (Iowa)
The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine edited by Christian Wiman and Don Share (Chicago)
Park Songs: A Poem/Play by David Budbull (Exterminating Angel)
Deadbeat by Jay Baron Nicorvo (Four way)
Public Figures by Jena Osman (Wesleyan)
The Golden Road by Rachel Hadas (TriQuarterly)
Red Arcadia by Mark Scroggins (Shearesman)

PW Poetry Reviews: September 2012

It’s a big season for big books from big poets, so here’s a roundup of collecteds, plus a bunch of new volumes reviewed:


Poems 1962-2012 by Louise Gluck (Ecco/ FSG)

Later Poems: Selected and New 1971-2012 by Adrienne Rich (Norton)

The Poems of Octavio Paz edited and trans. by Eliot Weinberger (New Directions)


Wolf and Pilot by Farrah Field (Four Way)

The Two Yvonnes by Jessica Greenbaum (Princeton)

The Selvage by Linda Gregerson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Woman Without Umbrella by Victoria Redel (Four Way)

Nervous Device by Catherine Wagner (City Lights)

Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds (Knopf)

Manhater by Danielle Pafunda (Dusie)

Journey to the Sun by Brent Cunningham (Atelos)

Sweet Spot by J.T. Barbarese (Northwestern)