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Book Review

Children of Grass

by Matt Sutherland

Eighty poets under the influence of Walt share a poem and a comical pose in this winning collection of portraiture and poetry. That the two complement each other so well in coffee-table format is the unexpected delight. On the Rocks I... Read More

Book Review

Scattered Clouds

by Matt Sutherland

By avoiding cumbersome punctuation and the formality of capitalization, Reuben Jackson lullabies his way into treasured-voice status, quiet yet forceful. A jazz scholar and former curator with the Smithsonian’s Duke Ellington... Read More

Book Review

Cyborg Detective

by Matt Sutherland

Jillian Weise identifies as a cyborg. Perhaps that explains her outsized wit, exceptional word skills, and confidence. The author of The Amputee’s Guide to Sex and The Book of Goodbyes, her writing on cyborg identity and disability... Read More

Book Review

Carrying Water to the Field

by Matt Sutherland

Precise in the language of everyday, rich in wisdom and maturity, Joyce Sutphen’s newest collection, her eighth, speaks to her comfort with farm life, travel, aging, the distortions of memory. Sutphen is Minnesota’s poet laureate and... Read More

Book Review

Space Struck

by Matt Sutherland

The playfulness and creative flourishes showcase the poet having the time of their life in crafting this debut. Recipient of the Editor’s Award in Poetry from The Florida Review, Paige Lewis’s work has appeared in Ploughshares,... Read More

Book Review

Rain and Embers

by Joseph S. Pete

The moving poems collected in "Rain and Embers" focus on displacement and the search for one’s place in the world. Iraqi refugee-turned-American citizen Ali Nuri’s lyrical poetry collection "Rain and Embers" focuses on his quest for... Read More

Book Review

Hull

by Rebecca Foster

Nonbinary poet Xandria Phillips’s poetry collection "Hull" employs the language of dreams and fraught journeys, laying bare the historical and current threats to black and queer bodies. The still-powerful forces of colonialism and... Read More

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