Category Archives: Poetry

Citizen: An American Lyric

Citizen: An American Lyric book description: Claudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and… Read More »

The Feel Trio

The Feel Trio book description: Poetry. African American Studies. Music. California Interest. THE FEEL TRIO is Cecil Taylor, Tony Oxley and William Parker. Or is it that THE FEEL TRIO are Cecil Taylor, Tony Oxley and William Parker? See, that’s the amazing problem and chance, right there! In the wake and air and light of THE FEEL TRIO,… Read More »

This Blue: Poems

This Blue: Poems book description: A vital, exhilarating new collection of poems from the National Book Critics Circle nominee From lichens to malls to merchant republics, it’s “another day in this here cosmos,” in Maureen N. McLane’s stunning third poetry collection, This Blue. Here are songs for and of a new century, poems both archaic and wholly now.… Read More »

Second Childhood: Poems

Second Childhood: Poems book description: The new poetry collection by Fanny Howe, whose “body of work seems larger, stranger, and more permanent with each new book she publishes” (Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize citation) People want to be poets for reasons that have little to do with language. It’s the life of the poet that they want. Even the… Read More »

Faithful and Virtuous Night: Poems

Faithful and Virtuous Night: Poems book description: Louise Glück is one of the finest American poets at work today. Her Poems 1962–2012 was hailed as “a major event in this country’s literature” in the pages of The New York Times. Every new collection is at once a deepening and a revelation. Faithful and Virtuous Night is no exception.… Read More »