Poetry

Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame by Charles Bukowski - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780876851913
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Published: Ecco - May 31st, 2002

I don't want to recommend this book, but feel I must; these poems are as intrinsic to life as breathing. Not every poem is a work of genius, and, honestly, some aren't even good, yet Bukowski's unfiltered humanity shows through in every one. He writes like a person, not an artist, something that sets him apart from the rest. ~ Reviewed by Nora Heffernan-Smith


Selected Poems of Langston Hughes: A Classic Collection of Poems by a Master of American Verse (Vintage Classics) by Langston Hughes - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780679728184
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 1990

A great entry into poetry. Hughes eloquently writes about race, religion, love, society, and simply living. Colored with beauty and humor, these poems are powerful, musical, and natural, a touchstone of American poetry. "Juliet" will forever be one of my favorite poems. ~ Reviewed by Nora Heffernan-Smith


Collected Early Poems: 1950-1970 by Adrienne Rich - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393313857
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 1995

One of my favorite poets wrapped up into one of my favorite books of poetry. This is a great journey into Rich's distinct voice, with a palpable sense of her life and mind unfolding over the course of 20 years. Highly recommend. ~ Reviewed by Nora Heffernan-Smith


Diamonds (American Poets Continuum #189) by Camille Guthrie - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781950774456
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Published: BOA Editions - October 5th, 2021

Phenomenal and hilarious. Diamonds is the best book of contemporary poetry I’ve read in years. There are not enough comic poets out there. Bless her. Laugh out loud. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


The Central Laboratory by Max Jacob - Book Review

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By Max Jacob, Alexander Dickow (Introduction by), Alexander Dickow (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781939663801
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Published: Wakefield Press - July 26th, 2022

Friend to Picasso and Apollinaire, Max Jacob was a pioneering French modernist poet whose work has never been widely available in English and whose life has long overshadowed his art–a gay, Jewish writer in the heart of modern Paris, neither Dadaist nor Surrealist, arrested by the Vichy collaborators, dying en route to Auschwitz. The Central Laboratory is his major book of poetry in verse (forthcoming from Wakefield is his masterful, influential book of prose poems The Dice Cup). His poetry perhaps comes closest to Wallace Stevens in English—near nonsense, Jacob doesn’t let meaning get in the way of acoustics; eschewing vers libre for form, Jacob’s poetry delights in what is almost an erotics of sound. “The people were like the waves of the seas / If the seas were a spinning rose at night / If the night were rose, if rose were the seas / And if the seas themselves were like green trees.” ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Yearn by Rage Hezekiah - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781939728524
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Published: Diode Editions - July 1st, 2022

Rage Hezekiah’s second full length collection of poetry Yearn is a triumph. With poetry on race, on sexuality, and a heartbreaking sequence around infertility, Hezekiah’s lyrical voice is unflinching, animated by moments of harsh discordance, skilful enjambment, and visceral word choice. “Mercury in Cancer” is simply devastating with imagery that evokes Wallace Stevens’ “distended warty squashes” in “Le Monocle de mon Oncle” but subverts its midlife crisis, quasi “incel” context with the desire to have a child. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


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