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Nov 06, 2011
Museum of Accidents
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:

Sep 2009
Sep 30, 2009
Where's the Moon, There's the Moon: Poems
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
Imaginary Logic
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
American Music
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
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
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
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Apr 21, 2012
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
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
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
Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry
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
Fault Tree
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
Endpoint and Other Poems
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
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
Selected Poems
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
Assorted Poems
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
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
A Night in Brooklyn: Poems
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
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
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
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
Heavenly Bodies
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
The Best of It: New and Selected Poems
The poems in Kay Ryan's astonishing collection "The Best of It: New and Selected Poems" are so crisp and immediate that they seem effortless. It is on...more
Apr 2010
Apr 16, 2010
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