Poetry Archive

Sandra Lim’s Rigorous Thinking in The Curious Thing

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Sandra Lim is a poet whose straightforward yet daring intelligence demands a reader keep up. The poems in her third book evoke a mind constantly examining itself and the world it occupies.

Reinventing Loss in The Vault

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Cerpa navigates the helplessness of trying to express what is inexpressible amid the cruel accrual of despair.

Curb’s Exploration of American Othering

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Divya Victor’s new collection is a moving critique of the South Asian immigrant experience within post 9/11 America.

The Wild Fox of Yemen by Threa Almontaser

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Almontaser’s collection espouses neither sentimental nostalgia nor doomed isolation . . . these poems are poignant and melancholic, sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious, and always filled with beauty.

Popular Longing by Natalie Shapero

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Natalie Shapero is an incisive social critic cutting through the smog of self-absorption and contradictions between what is said and done.

Fugitive Atlas by Khaled Mattawa

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In poems that tenderly call us to action, Mattawa awakens readers to the human and geographical devastation wrought by the tendency to “other” people. Fugitive Atlas is a collaborative prayer for a shattered earth.

Little Big Bully by Heid E. Erdrich

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Heid E. Erdrich’s new collection is more than a healing of past wounds. Rather, it is remarkable precisely because it posits the act of speaking as liberatory practice, a difficult action that will project us into a different and less abusive future together.

Conjure by Rae Armantrout

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Conjure offers a magic of its own, with sly and unforgettable juxtapositions of the minute and the exceptional, elevated by the intellect, flair, and confidence of a poet at the top of her game.

Mad World, Mad Kings, Mad Composition by Lisa Fishman

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Lisa Fishman’s new collection is an honest and ongoing wrestling with the vocation of poetry itself.

Obit by Victoria Chang

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The emotional power of Chang’s new collection comes from the grace and honesty with which she turns this familiar form inside out to show us the private side of family, the knotting together of generations, the bewilderment of grief.