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Edge
2.40
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not set
Nov 06, 2011
 
Museum of Accidents
4.02
I guess you could file this under "neurotic-hipster-mom-language-poetry." Zucker's voice has undeniable force, and some of these poems are vivid in th...more
Oct 2009
Oct 26, 2009
 
Same Life
3.45
Maureen McLane is both a highly-regarded critic and a member-in-training of the Boston school of contemporary poetry, whose writers tend toward the co...more
Oct 2008
Jan 09, 2009
 
Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest: Poems
4.27
This 2003 offering from crusty Texan B. H. Fairchild goes straight to the top shelf of contemporary American verse. Fairchild's voice effortlessly com...more
Nov 2007
Jan 28, 2008
 
Lucifer at the Starlite: Poems
3.91
A weak three stars, at that. Fairly typical NYC-rock-chick-type poetry, all sass and profanity and breathless lyricism jammed together without much th...more
Aug 2009
Sep 02, 2009
 
Tonight's the Night
4.76
A surreal, deeply allusive, and challenging set of modernist verse from a young Californian poet via new experimental press Apostrophe. Meng lives and...more
Apr 2010
May 05, 2010
 
The Commute
5.00
Marvelous collection of spiky, often piercing verse from downtown-cool triple-threat Susan Scutti, from Pennsylvania indie house Paper Kite. These "in...more
Oct 2011
Oct 25, 2011
 
Come, Thief
4.18
This is the kind of poetry collection that presents a real problem for me. I can see that these poems are well-crafted, sensitive, perceptive, and tho...more
Mar 2012
Mar 27, 2012
 
My Life
4.20
It's difficult to make an evaluation of this book. Perhaps the way to approach it, at least right now, is through a simple list of pros and cons:

PRO:
...more
Sep 2009
Sep 30, 2009
 
Imaginary Logic
3.52
Above-average collection from acerbic Southerner Jones, distinguished by occasionally zany metaphorical conceits and a kind of offbeat wit. Jones's So...more
Jul 2012
Jul 31, 2012
 
Where's the Moon, There's the Moon: Poems
3.31
More sort of vaguely run-of-the-mill contemporary modernist-lite free verse from New Yorker scribe and Wellesley prof Chiasson. I finished it about a...more
Aug 2010
Aug 24, 2010
 
American Music
4.30
With this lively debut collection Chris Martin establishes himself as a young poet with an arresting voice. American Music is a series of light-steppi...more
Nov 2007
Mar 27, 2008
 
Screeno: Stories & Poems
4.26
Schwartz has always been a shadowy figure venerated in certain circles I have been peripheral to, so this New Directions pocket edition seemed a good...more
Jan 2010
Jan 22, 2010
 
Becoming Weather
4.56
Humph. Way back in 2008, writing in Rain Taxi, I called Martin's first book a "superior piece of writing," citing its young author's "well-tuned ear"...more
not set
Apr 21, 2012
 
Vanishing-Line
3.27
Jeffrey Yang is a translator of classical Chinese poetry and an editor at New Directions, and thus one of nature's gentlemen; his book, however, is so...more
Jan 2013
Jan 01, 2013
 
Diving Into the Wreck
4.21
Finally got the combination of time and nerve to take on this landmark of American poetry, and was rewarded with a glimpse into the infinite. This boo...more
Dec 2012
Dec 17, 2012
 
Night Light
4.06
This paperback volume of the late Donald Justice's verse, from 1965, was a gift from my friend and peerless poetry aficionado Carl Anderson, and it is...more
Dec 2012
Dec 07, 2012
 
Heavenly Bodies
3.85
This offering from my old college professor Cynthia Huntington is a well-above-average collection of spiky contemporary free verse. Somewhat startling...more
Jun 2012
Jun 08, 2012
 
Fault Tree
4.33
Well, my friend Ron Kolm hated this book, but I didn't think it was so bad. I showed it to Ron in the back room of Muldoon's Pub on East 43rd Street,...more
Mar 2013
Mar 06, 2013
 
Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry
4.35
I bought this book in hardcover, when it came out in 2001, at the now-defunct Tudor Bookshop, and I've been pecking away at it intermittently in the l...more
Sep 2012
Sep 29, 2012
 
Endpoint and Other Poems
3.79
It was always hard not to be secretly a little annoyed at the late John Updike for being… well, so good at everything. The famous novels aside, memoir...more
Mar 2009
Apr 20, 2009
 
Divine Comedy
5.00
The poet, editor, impresario, and activist Ron Kolm has been a central figure on the downtown literary scene since the mid-1970s, when he was one of a...more
May 2013
May 03, 2013
 
Ark: The Foundations 1 33
4.52
Ronald Johnson, who died in 1998, is little known outside the circle of assiduous students of avant-garde poetry, and for good reason. A West Coast re...more
Jul 2012
Jul 07, 2012
 
Selected Poems
4.15
The career of the late Denise Levertov was marked by an extraordinary fecundity of voice, subject, and expression. To read this slim but cannily assem...more
Mar 2013
Apr 05, 2013
 
A Night in Brooklyn: Poems
3.86
With A Night in Brooklyn, the mysteriously initialled D. Nurkse has produced a fine, vibrant collection, poignant without being mawkish, expressive ye...more
Jul 2012
Aug 21, 2012
 
Picasso in Barcelona
4.67
When the definitive history of the downtown poetry scene of New York City is finally written, the name of Bob Holman will be central to the carnivales...more
May 2011
May 26, 2011
 
Assorted Poems
3.20
The extent to which one accepts T.S. Eliot’s dictum that genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood is a good measure of how one will reac...more
Jun 2009
Oct 05, 2009
 
The Dream Songs: Poems
4.22
My relationship with John Berryman’s Dream Songs, like the songs themselves, is murky, complicated, obscure in origin, and not easy to explain—not eve...more
Feb 2013
Feb 17, 2013
 
Nox
4.29
To call Anne Carson’s staggering Nox a book of poetry is not quite accurate, for both its physical and psychic dimensions transcend traditional taxono...more
Apr 2010
Dec 16, 2010
 
Kissing Dead Girls
4.38
San Francisco-based performance poet Daphne Gottlieb is one of the most innovative voices in American poetry today, having carved out a space for hers...more
Jun 2008
Jan 15, 2009
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