Agni Online / Is Poetry True or False?
"Who was this drunk I made up, wandering through my poems? And what entitled me to claim him?"
"In a book about binge eating, Hunter is always feeding the reader more metaphors, sometimes handfuls per page. What might feel gratuitous from a lesser writer is a signature success for Hunter; she serves up images that are at once salty and sweet, satisfyingly tragicomic."
The Rumpus / On Calamities by Renee Gladman
"Reading Gladman, I sometimes feel I'm watching a mastermind manipulate a Rubik's Cube, except the goal isn't to solve it but to present every possible arrangement."
The Rumpus / On Lerner's The Hatred of Poetry
"If you’ve ever taught a literature class, you’ve seen it before: the student seated in the back raises his hand, puffs out his chest and proclaims his distaste for poetry, as if pushing broccoli off his plate..."
Kenyon Review Online / Music in Motion: Nicole Terez Dutton's If One Of Us Should Fall
"Rather than asserting dominance, Dutton’s poetry interrogates it: her poems ask, how do people play each other? 'You are / fingers run across, slide hollow / scraped up the neck, you are / practice.'"
Harvard Review Online / On Black Square by Tadeusz Dąbrowski
"Tadeusz Dąbrowski’s Black Square presents an entrancing geometry of contrasts. Opposites are routinely set against one another in these poems, yielding a landscape of 'churches / next to brothels, graveyards next to solaria.'"
Kenyon Review Online / Spiraling to the Point: Sally Keith's The Fact of the Matter
"Keith’s poetry succeeds in large measure because it admits the complexity of its undertaking. When it comes to mourning, there simply is 'no good math for finding a middle'—the experience is fully disorienting."
Kenyon Review Online / Strength, Sweetness, and More: The Available World by Ander Monson
"Monson’s interest in society’s discards may recall the work of A.R. Ammons, in particular his 1993 masterpiece, Garbage. Like Ammons... Monson arrives at startlingly fertile images by digging through what has been scrapped."
Harvard Review Online / On Ceiling of Sticks by Shane Book
"Book crosses boundaries with both urgency and ease, transporting his reader from the arena of the personal to more remote worlds of significance."