book reviews

Reviews of the best poetry books, collections and anthologies; discover poems and up-and-coming poets across all cultures, genres and themes.

'The Minute' Is Immense in Young's Poetry
Michael T. Young's poetry book, The Infinite Doctrine of Water, reads as the notebook of an obsessive naturalist who is desperate to record every last detail found in the world around him. It can be s...
Literary Hypea year ago
A Case for Love
A case for Love: Intolerance is not your friend. In fact, it is that kid that made fun of you in fourth grade because you had braces and talked with a lisp. A case for Love: Anti-whomever looks differ...
Lost in Vocalization
Warning! If you are close to the one you love this poem may excite you to nymphomania. If you are taking any drugs that alter the senses, it is advised to wait three days as this poem is so hot it may...
W. R. Rodriquez's Words Guide Readers Through the Beautiful Bronx
W. R. Rodriquez's Concrete Pastures of the Beautiful Bronx was written ten years ago but it could have stepped off the presses today. Its passion is streaked with cynicism and yet this collection is f...
Stephen Byrne's Award Winning Poetry Cuts Deep into Societal Stagnation
In this day and age (or as it has been since humanity evolved to create power structures in order to keep each other in check) everything is political, and Stephen Byrne's Somewhere but not here is no...
Jennifer O'Grady Explores the Limits of Human Life
On the whole, Jennifer O'Grady's 2017 collection Exclusions and Limitations, published through Madhat Press, is built upon solid (or what could called staid) poetry, and yet, there are glittering sect...
Wight Creates a Garden for the End of the World
Philadelphia poet Anne-Adele Wight's 2016 collection The Age of Greenhouses is very much like its cover: eye-catching and weird. Its subject matter, which is human kind's raging destruction of the env...
Snyder Embarks on a Poetic Journey
Sarah Dickenson Snyder is no stranger to the world of verse or, as it turns out, the greater world at large. In Notes From A Nomad, Snyder knits together her many forays throughout distant countries a...
Karen Akers Uses a Quiet Art to Speak out Loudly
There are several noteworthy poems flitting about among the pages of Karen Ankers's poetry collection, One Word At A Time. Published in 2017 by Tylluan Press, Ankers's book of poems serves as a form o...
Praise for Lauren Scharhag's First Collection of Poems
Lauren Scharhag's 2013 publication, West Side Girl & Other Poems, is her first and only collection of poetry. Upon review, this exciting piece of work could perhaps be more aptly described as an assem...
Poet Review: Rupi Kaur
Over the past few years, Rupi Kaur has become one of today's most popular poets. At just 25, the Canadian-Indian poet is the author and illustrator of two New York Times Bestsellers: milk and honey, a...
In Geraldine Connolly's Newest Book, a Beautiful Melancholy Is Found
Instantaneously mesmerizing, Aileron's cover alone alerts tempted readers that they will be transported to elsewhere, perhaps to some mysterious plane which will allow them to view this mortal coil th...
Susana H. Case Offers Excitement, Ghosts and Goats
Open Susana H. Case's Drugstore Blue and embark on a time traveling journey filled with decisive and imaginative verse. This is a brilliant collection which repudiates the notion that poetry is a leth...
Belle Denkaa year ago
S.L Gray: and the Things That Couldn't Be Written About
S.L Gray is a poet and author. Her book is on Amazon at Skin, Bones, and Too Much Love. Her honesty in her answers is something to be admired in an artist and in a human being. I asked her to let me i...
Cheryl Lynna year ago
Book Review: Emily Corwin - 'Tenderling'
Like the faeries and sirens of traditional lore, Corwin's poetry is as dangerous as it is beautiful. Her writing has the rhythm of a folktale and the surreal logic of a dream, with intertwining themes...
In Review: 'The Paradox Complex' by C. L. Williams
First impressions are everything and poet C. L. Williams does not fail to make an impression with his eighth book of poetry, The Paradox Complex. The overall structure of the book, rather than the poe...
Karen Paul Holmes Creates Attainable Poetry
Poetry as an art form has the (sometimes rather apt) reputation of remaining elusive to the casual reader. Newcomers to the delightful world of verse may become locked in an eternal struggle with the ...
Samantha Poppa year ago
'Milk and Honey' Review
Shopping at my local Walmart for some groceries and some household items, I came across a paperback copy of "milk and honey" by Rupi Kaur. Everyone has been raving about how great this book was and al...