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The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics by Roland Greene - Book Review

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By Roland Greene (Editor in Chief), Stephen Cushman (Editor), Clare Cavanagh (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780691154916
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Published: Princeton University Press - August 26th, 2012

This is the latest edition of the definitive reference work on poetics. Anything you want to know about the technical aspects of poetry is contained herein (and exhaustively). Need a refresher on the difference between metaphor and simile or between metonymy and synecdoche? What about Arabic, Bengali, or Celtic prosody? What even is paranomasia? Zeugma? Included too are short(ish) definitive accounts and histories of Beat poetry, Zulu poetry and everything in between. All your poetic questions answered (at length) in one volume. Required nepotism disclosure: the contributor with the unpronounceable name who wrote the entry on “Sound” works here and wrote this biased review. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


The World Pushes Back: Poems by Garret Keizer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781680031843
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Published: Texas Review Press - March 26th, 2019

Even if you don't read much poetry, this is a collection of gorgeously lyrical, subtly political, and occasionally humorous poems that you will surely enjoy. Touching on subjects ranging from history to religion to the art of poetry itself, this book by a Vermont author has something to pique anyone's interest. ~ Reviewed by Ramsay Eyre


The Woman Who Fell from the Sky: Poems by Joy Harjo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393313628
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 1996

Well versed in storytelling and in song, newly seated U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo's collection, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, re-envisions creation myths and homespun narratives. Using chant-like lyric and a psaltery-style incantation, Harjo revels in a poetry that becomes both praise and celebration, for the indigenous peoples she calls her own kin, and for those people's spirited landscape she as if sings light down upon. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


Migrant Shores: Irish, Moroccan and Galician Poetry by Manuela Palacios - Book Review

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By Manuela Palacios (Editor), Hachemi Mokrane (Contribution by)
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ISBN: 9781910669969
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Published: Salmon Poetry - January 15th, 2018

Each poem is graceful, lumpy, impossible to understand and easy to read. Like all poetry, you get out of it what you put into it. With a sophisticated theme and language this is not for the casual poetry reader and even a more experienced reader might find it challenging but ultimately rewarding. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Life of the Party: Poems by Olivia Gatwood - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984801906
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - August 20th, 2019

These poems took me back to middle and high school - not always in the best way. They are blunt and uncomfortable, yet familiar and relieving. They are the kinds of bad stories you share with your girl friends and laugh, because those terrible days happened to you all, but are past and gone. Aren't they? ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Cape Verdean Blues (Pitt Poetry Series) by Shauna Barbosa - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780822965213
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - March 12th, 2018

Fascinating and complex in its language and tone, this collection speaks to Barbosa’s relationship woes, her identity as a black woman, and her Cape Verdean roots. A Bennington College graduate, Barbosa peppers her debut with odes to jazz, island life, and references to the traditional Cape Verdean song "Sodade." Check out her series of "Strology" poems for a sample. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


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