Poetry Archive

Inheriting Tramua in How to Not Be Afraid of Everything

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Jane Wong’s new poetry collection suggests that historical trauma does not evaporate between generations—its traces leak into the bones of the children, and even of the grandchildren . . . A triumph of formal ingenuity.

The Wilderness of Language in Atsuro Riley’s Heard-Hoard

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In the collection, language, like nature, is elemental—a way of speaking and being in the world . . . Riley’s inventiveness is an invitation to notice language’s connection to the natural world.

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.